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By Lorenzo Hagerty

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Podcast 579 – “Meditation and Psychedelics”
1:07:41
Support Lorenzo on Patreon.com Guest speaker: Myron Stolaroff PROGRAM NOTES: Date this lecture was recorded: November 22, 1997 [NOTE: All quotations are by Myron Stolaroff “To me, one of the really great mysteries of our time is how we can have something as valuable as psychedelics and yet have our government, and the public-at-large, have […]
Aug 14, 2018
Podcast 578 – “1) Enemies of Freedom & 2) Life After Death”
1:40:10
Follow Lorenzo on Patreon.com Guest speaker: Aldous Huxley PROGRAM NOTES: Today’s podcast features two recordings of Aldous Huxley. The first is an interview conducted by Mike Wallace, and the second part of today’s program features a lecture of Huxley’s that speculates about the possibilities of some sort of existence after the death of our bodies. […]
Jul 31, 2018
Salon2 048 – “Mystical Systems and Psychedelics”
38:19
Support Lorenzo on Patreon.com Guest speaker: Daniel Greig PROGRAM NOTES: Date this lecture was recorded: 2018 Daniel Greig studies cognitive science and philosophy. His lectures on psychedelics incorporate magic and mysticism. He uses the language of psychology and neuroscience. It makes for a fascinating mix. In this episode we will be hearing about his unique […]
Jul 25, 2018
Podcast 577 – “Countdown Into Complexity” – Part 5
1:22:11
Follow Lorenzo on Patreon.com Guest speaker: Terence McKenna PROGRAM NOTES: Date this lecture was recorded: [NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.] “We asked for it, but we never knew we would get it in such spades. Last week was the 25th anniversary of the experiment at La Chorrera, and basically it’s a trip that […]
Jul 17, 2018
Salon2 047 – “Philadelphia and Baltimore Storytelling”
1:45:35
Follow Lorenzo on Patreon.com Guest speaker: Various PROGRAM NOTES: Date this lecture was recorded: April 2017 Thank you to the Philadelphia Psychedelic Society and to Psychedelic Seminars in Baltimore for two beautiful locations to hear these stories. As two of my favorite stops on the Blue-Dot tour, I’m glad to be sharing these stories about […]
Jul 10, 2018
Podcast 576 – “Countdown Into Complexity” – Part 4
1:56:35
Follow Lorenzo on Patreon.com Guest speaker: Terence McKenna PROGRAM NOTES: Date this lecture was recorded: March 1996 This podcast features Terence McKenna in a March 1996 workshop where he goes into great detail about his Timewave idea. Although I haven’t been including his Timewave talks in recent podcasts, since this series hasn’t been posted elsewhere […]
Jul 04, 2018
Salon2 046 – “The Psychedologist”
44:37
Follow Lorenzo on Patreon.com Guest speaker: Leia Friedman PROGRAM NOTES: Date this lecture was recorded: June 2018 Leia Friedman hosts “The Psychedologist” podcast, she cofounded the Boston Entheogenic Network, and is a writer and community organizer. She tells Lex about her work and her psychedelic journey. The Psychedologist Cosmic Sister Medicine Hunter Temple of the […]
Jun 26, 2018
Podcast 575 – “Countdown Into Complexity” – Part 3
1:26:37
Follow Lorenzo on Patreon.com Guest speaker: Terence McKenna PROGRAM NOTES: Date this lecture was recorded: March 1996 [NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.] “The way to get off on DMT is after you feel completely peculiar you have to do one more enormous hit. This is where courage comes in.” “A meme has gotten […]
Jun 19, 2018
Salon2 045 – “Rick Doblin and the Psychedelic Storytellers”
1:11:52
Follow Lorenzo on Patreon.com Guest speakers: Various PROGRAM NOTES: Date this lecture was recorded: April 6, 2017 This week we go back to the very beginning of the Blue Dot Tour where Rick Doblin kicked off our event in Boston. Thanks to Northeastern’s Student’s for Sensible Drug Policy for making the event happen and to […]
Jun 12, 2018
Podcast 574 – “Countdown Into Complexity” – Part 2
1:24:22
Follow Lorenzo on Patreon.com Guest speaker: Terence McKenna PROGRAM NOTES: Date this lecture was recorded: March 1996 [NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna “Nature is the original Internet. Nature is some kind of interconnected, communicating, data routing, self-regulating, non-equilibrium system.” “I think what nature teaches, and what life teaches, is that worry is preposterous. […]
Jun 05, 2018
Salon2 044 – “The Big Three”
1:25:16
Follow Lorenzo on Patreon.com Guest speaker: Casey Paleos PROGRAM NOTES: Date this lecture was recorded: 2018 Dr. Casey Paleos is one of the few psychiatrists to have worked with the Big Three: MDMA, ketamine and the psilocybin of magic mushrooms. In this interview, a day after his MDMA experience in Boulder, he shares what he’s […]
May 29, 2018
Podcast 573 – “Countdown Into Complexity” – Part 1
1:21:35
Follow Lorenzo on Patreon.com Guest speaker: Terence McKenna PROGRAM NOTES: Date this lecture was recorded: March 1996 [NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.] “My techniques are all shamanic and involve perturbing the senses and dissolving ordinary states of mind through psychedelics. So my techniques are shamanic, but my method is rational and analytical. So […]
May 21, 2018
Salon2 043 – “Psychedelic Charleston”
53:32
Follow Lorenzo on Patreon.com Guest speaker: Various PROGRAM NOTES: Date this lecture was recorded: May 23, 2017 From the May 23, 2017 stop on the Blue-Dot tour, a psychedelic storytelling session in Charleston, South Carolina that served as the launch event for our friends at the Society for the Exploration of Altered States. Society for […]
May 16, 2018
Podcast 572 – “A Tribute to Larry Harvey”
59:32
Follow Lorenzo on Patreon.com Guest speaker: Larry Harvey PROGRAM NOTES: [NOTE: All quotations are by Larry Harvey.] “Milton Friedman once said, ‘Only a crisis, real or imagined, produces real change.’ When that crisis occurs, the actions that are taken depend on the ideas that are lying around. That, I believe, is our basic mission: To […]
May 07, 2018
Salon2 042 – “Psychedelic Law”
1:08:14
Follow Lorenzo on Patreon.com Guest speaker: Noah Potter PROGRAM NOTES: Date this lecture was recorded: April 2018 A lawyer specializing in psychedelic law and a New Yorker who witnessed the heyday of Yippie activism in Sin City, Noah Potter shares his thoughts on the past and the future of the movement.   New Amsterdam Psychedelic […]
May 01, 2018
Podcast 571 – “Terence #2”
1:33:15
Support Lorenzo on Patreon.com Guest speaker: Terence McKenna PROGRAM NOTES: [NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.] “One thing about psychedelics, you don’t have to be predisposed. It doesn’t work for those who believe it work. It works for those who think it doesn’t work.” “The problems which face us, put very simply, are going […]
Apr 23, 2018
Salon2 041 – “Psychedelic Stories from Atlanta”
42:29
Follow Lorenzo on Patreon.com Guest speakers: Various PROGRAM NOTES: Date this lecture was recorded: May 17, 2017 Today’s Salon2 podcast features a few psychedelic stories from a wonderful hot night in Atlanta. Thanks to Moshe Jacobson for making the night happen. Psychedelic Atlanta’s Meetup Group Download MP3 PCs – Right click, select option Macs – Ctrl-Click, […]
Apr 16, 2018
Podcast 570 – “A Psychedelic Truth”
1:11:30
Follow Lorenzo on Patreon.com Guest speaker: Terence McKenna PROGRAM NOTES: Date this lecture was recorded: April 1995 [NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.] “Nothing is unannounced.” “[A psychedelic truth:] Nothing lasts.” “The lie of Western psychology is that something is stable. . . . And because of this lie we are in a state […]
Apr 09, 2018
Salon2 040 – MDMA for PTSD
59:43
Follow Lorenzo on Patreon.com Guest speaker: Ingmar Gorman PROGRAM NOTES: Today’s Salon2 podcast features an interview with Dr. Ingmar Gorman about his work at the intersection of MDMA and PTSD.  Ingmar Gorman, Ph.D. The Psychedelic Education and Continuing Care Program Psychedelics 101 & 102 for Clinicians’ courses Announcements Global Psychedelic Earth Day Cleanup on April […]
Apr 04, 2018
Podcast 569 – “Searching for a Bias-less Media”
1:14:18
Follow Lorenzo on Patreon.com Guest speaker: Terence McKenna PROGRAM NOTES: Date this lecture was recorded: April 1995 [NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna “Rational, and by that I mean statistically extractable expectations, seem to be superseded on these trips by a kind of magical connectedness. All kinds of strange things happen on trips that […]
Mar 28, 2018
Podcast 568 – “We Become What We Behold”
1:01:55
Follow Lorenzo on Patreon.com Guest speaker: Terence McKenna PROGRAM NOTES: Date this lecture was recorded: April 1995 [NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.] “If a Buddhist could design their own genome they would become a fungus, because a fungus is a primary decomposer. It is the only karma-less place in the food chain. There […]
Mar 23, 2018
Salon2 039 – “Psychedelic Columbus”
59:14
Follow Lorenzo on Patreon.com PROGRAM NOTES: Today’s podcast presents a powerful round of story telling that took place in a Columbus, Ohio bike hangar. The event was hosted by the wonderful community of Mind Manifest West. “Mind Manifest Midwest is a psychedelic society based in Columbus, Ohio. Since 2016 we have hosted speakers to talk […]
Mar 19, 2018
Podcast 567 – “Psychedelicize Yourself”
1:16:44
Follow Lorenzo on Patreon.com Guest speaker: Terence McKenna PROGRAM NOTES: Date this lecture was recorded: April 1995 [NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.] “I take psychedelics to be the catalysis of language.” “This great period of creativity that we’re living through now in the sciences, in the arts, in the implementation of exotic technology, […]
Mar 12, 2018
Salon2 038 – “Psychedelic Magick”
54:58
Guest speaker: Julian Vayne PROGRAM NOTES: Today’s Salon2 podcast features the return of Lex Pelger who interviews Julian Vayne, an author and oculist. They about the history of drugs and magick – especially in the underground London scene. Vayne also highlights some of the important ideas from his new book on creating psychedelic ceremonies. This […]
Mar 05, 2018
Podcast 566 – “A Tribe of Selves”
1:33:44
Follow Lorenzo on Patreon.com Guest speaker: Terence McKenna PROGRAM NOTES: Date this lecture was recorded: April 1993 [NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna “I think it’s important to talk about and analyze your experience. There is no communication, even within the confines of your own mind, if you can’t describe what’s going on.” “The […]
Mar 01, 2018
Salon2 037 – “The Family that Trips Together, Sticks Together”
46:10
Guest speakers: Scott Olsen, The Lakey Family PROGRAM NOTES: Date this lecture was recorded: January 14, 2018 On this, the very first episode of ‘Find the Others’, The Lakey Sisters head to Florida. And so we are happy to welcome the Psychedelic Salon’s newest anchors, Alexa and Kat, as they prepare to part ways for […]
Feb 19, 2018
Podcast 565 – “John Perry Barlow Tribute”
2:21:47
Follow Lorenzo on Patreon.com Guest speakers: John Perry Barlow, John Gilmore, Cory Doctorow PROGRAM NOTES: Date this lecture was recorded: November 17, 2006 Today we pay tribute to the late John Perry Barlow, lyricist for the Grateful Dead, co-founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and an important leader in the struggle to keep the Internet […]
Feb 12, 2018
Podcast 564 – “Plants and Mind (Part 2-Chimpanzee or Bonobo)”
1:04:22
Follow Lorenzo on Patreon.com Guest speaker: Terence McKenna PROGRAM NOTES: Date this lecture was recorded: April 1993 [NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna “And that’s what we are now, semi-human. We’re capable of enormous acts of kindness and appalling acts of brutality.” “All of our institutions have been built up on the assumption of […]
Feb 07, 2018
Podcast 563 – “Plants and Mind” (Part 1)
1:06:03
Follow Lorenzo on Patreon.com Guest speaker: Terence McKenna PROGRAM NOTES: Date this lecture was recorded: April 1993 [NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.] “I think the great overlooked factor in any model of human evolution, and indeed of evolutionary models of many other species, is we have not given enough emphases to diet.” “What […]
Jan 29, 2018
Podcast 562 – “What It’s Like To Be Loaded”
1:28:15
Follow Lorenzo on Patreon.com Guest speaker: Terence McKenna PROGRAM NOTES: [NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna “Psychedelics are like any other social phenomenon. There are a lot of wannabes. There are a lot of people who are along for the ride.” “I want to talk about what to my mind is the quintessential hallucinogen, […]
Jan 22, 2018
Podcast 561 – “Psychedelics and Artificial Intelligence”
1:02:40
Follow Lorenzo on Patreon.com Guest speaker: Terence McKenna PROGRAM NOTES: Date this lecture was recorded: April 1999 [NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna “The electronic media and the psychedelics work together in a peculiar way to accentuate archaic values, values which are counter to the print constellated world.” “The shaman is like a designated […]
Jan 15, 2018
Podcast 560 – “McKenna’s Thoughts About Marshall McLuhan”
59:15
Follow Lorenzo on Patreon.com Guest speaker: Terence McKenna PROGRAM NOTES: Date this lecture was recorded: August 1993 In today’s podcast Terence McKenna waxes eloquent about the writing of Marshall McLuhan, whose work in the 1960 was considered a revolutionary break with traditional ways of thinking about media. As Wikipedia says about McLuhan, he “was a […]
Jan 12, 2018
Podcast 559 – “Complexity and Meaning”
1:18:16
Follow Lorenzo on Patreon.com Guest speaker: Terence McKenna PROGRAM NOTES: Date this lecture was recorded: March 10, 1996 [NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna “This synesthesia thing seems to be the direction in which language has to go in order to be universal. It has to be beheld, acoustical signals don’t do it.” “No […]
Dec 24, 2017
Podcast 558 – “Prophetic Painting”
1:01:38
Follow Lorenzo on Patreon.com Guest speaker: Terence McKenna PROGRAM NOTES: Date this lecture was recorded: August 1993 Today’s podcast features the last talk that Terence McKenna gave during his August of 1993 Scholar-in-Residence program at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California. His topic for the evening was the way in which artists like Bosch […]
Dec 19, 2017
Podcast 557 – “Updates on Psychedelic Research”
52:57
Follow Lorenzo on Patreon.com Guest speaker: George Greer PROGRAM NOTES: Date this lecture was recorded: August 31, 2017 Today’s podcast features Dr. George Greer, one of the co-founders of the Hefter Research Institute. In this Palenque Norte Lecture that he delivered at the 2017 Burning Man Festival, Dr. Greer not only covers the current state […]
Dec 11, 2017
Podcast 556 – “Coalitions for Liberty”
1:29:00
Follow Lorenzo on Patreon.com Guest speaker: Grover Norquist PROGRAM NOTES: Date this lecture was recorded: August 29, 2017 [NOTE: All quotations are by Grover Norquist “The best coalitions come from the hard right and hard left. Center coalitions don’t get you anything except more of the same. Each of them are part of the status […]
Dec 04, 2017
Podcast 555 – “Drug Policy”
1:23:06
Follow Lorenzo on Patreon.com Guest speaker: John Gilmore PROGRAM NOTES: Date this lecture was recorded: September 1, 2017 [NOTE: All quotations are by John Gilmore] “The U.S. still has the world’s largest prison population in absolute numbers and per capita. We imprison more people than the next ten countries put together. It’s insane. It’s a […]
Nov 27, 2017
Podcast 554 – “How to Make it in Psychedelic Futurism”
1:10:20
Guest speakers: Daniel Pinchbeck and Michael Garfield PROGRAM NOTES: Date this lecture was recorded: August 30, 2017 Today’s podcast features the author Daniel Pinchbeck and some friends at the 2017 Palenque Norte Lectures that were held during the Burning Man Festival. Besides discussing his books, ibogaine, and ecology, they also give us their thoughts about […]
Nov 20, 2017
Podcast 553 – “The Origin and Future of Life”
1:26:16
Guest speaker: Bruce Damer PROGRAM NOTES: Date this lecture was recorded: August 31, 2017 Today’s podcast features the 2017 Palenque Norte Lecture by Dr. Bruce Damer. As he describes the life-long journey that has led him to search for the origin of life on Earth, you may be surprised at how forthcoming he is about […]
Nov 13, 2017
Salon2 036 – “Nashville’s Psychedelic Stories”
1:01:19
PROGRAM NOTES: Year this lecture was recorded: 2017 After a Veterans’ Day story by Lorenzo, today’s podcast features some stories from Nashville. Thanks to everyone at the Nashville Psychedelic Society for your help making a perfect last stop of the Blue Dot Tour. Download MP3 PCs – Right click, select option Macs – Ctrl-Click, select […]
Nov 12, 2017
Podcast 552 – “The Power of Divine Inspiration”
45:58
Guest speaker: Shonagh Home PROGRAM NOTES: Date this lecture was recorded: October 2017 Today’s podcast features a talk given by Shonagh Home in October for the Women and Entheogens Conference. Kilindi continued the conference in honor of the conference founder Kai Wingo. The Women and Entheogens Conference was the brainchild of psychonaught Kai Wingo. Continuing […]
Nov 07, 2017
Salon2 035 – “ICEERS & Plant Medicines”
45:01
Guest speaker: Benjamin De Loenen PROGRAM NOTES: Year this lecture was recorded: 2017 In today’s podcast Benjamin De Loenen, the founder of ICEERS (International Center for Ethnobotanical Education Research and Service), talks about things that led him to start this organization, which comes to the defense of plants and is dedicated to sharing the science […]
Nov 02, 2017
Podcast 551 – “Women in Cannabis”
1:00:30
Guest speakers: Annie Oak and friends PROGRAM NOTES: Today’s podcast features a panel of distinguished women, all of whom are participating in various ways in the burgeoning new world of legal cannabis growing, distribution, and education. The panel assembled on the last evening in August at the 2017 Burning Man Festival, where they spoke in […]
Oct 30, 2017
Salon2 034 – “Psychedelic Chemistry”
31:34
Guest speaker: Dave Nichols PROGRAM NOTES: Year this lecture was recorded: 2017 As the founding president of the Heffter Research Institute, a chemist who crafted some of the most important research molecules of this generation and a leader in the psychedelic community, we’re pleased to present an interview with Dr. David Nichols. He talks about […]
Oct 26, 2017
Podcast 550 – “FDA Approved Phase 3 MDMA/PTSD Research”
1:59:40
Guest speaker: Rick Doblin PROGRAM NOTES: Date this lecture was recorded: September 1, 2017 Today we feature the 2017 Palenque Norte Lecture delivered by the founder of the Multidisciplinary Association of Psychedelic Studies, Rick Doblin. In this wide ranging talk, besides an update about the recent FDA approval for MAPS’ major Phase 3 study of […]
Oct 23, 2017
Salon2 033 – “The Psychedelic Archives of Keeper Trout”
56:27
Guest speaker: Keeper Trout PROGRAM NOTES: Year this lecture was recorded: 2017 The wonderful Keeper Trout shares with us today includes his experiences archiving the files of Dr. Alexander Shulgin, working to collect the chemistry of psychedelic plants and medicines (particularly mescaline containing plants), and the cultural and legal history of the Native use of […]
Oct 19, 2017
Podcast 549 – “Android Jones: Visionary Artist Q & A”
58:42
Guest speaker: Android Jones PROGRAM NOTES: Date this lecture was recorded: August 2017 Today’s podcast features the Palenque Norte Lecture given by visionary artist Android Jones at the 2017 Burning Man Festival. Rather than give a structured lecture, Jones answers questions from the audience about the process he uses, including the use of entheogens, to […]
Oct 16, 2017
Salon2 032 – “Ben Stewart’s Wild Ride”
41:47
Guest speaker: Ben Stewart PROGRAM NOTES: Year this lecture was recorded: 2017 The filmmaker Ben Stewart sits down in Lex Pelger’s living room to share his story about the journey that led him to making films and how the psychedelics helped shape his path. You can learn more about his work on his website: Home […]
Oct 13, 2017
Podcast 548 – “The Politics of Electronics”
1:10:04
Guest speaker: Cory Doctorow PROGRAM NOTES: Date this lecture was recorded: August 2017 Today’s podcast features the 2017 Palenque Norte Lecture by Cory Doctorow. In this talk, which was given during the Burning Man Festival, Cory walks us through some of the current issues having an impact on our ability to have our thoughts and […]
Oct 11, 2017
Salon 2.0 – “Horizons Conference Announcement”
27:23
Guest speaker: Neal Goldsmith PROGRAM NOTES: Date this lecture was recorded: October 4, 2017 Today we hear from Neal Goldsmith about the speakers at the Horizons psychedelics conference this weekend: http://www.horizonsnyc.org/ And then our old friend Brian talks about the Saturday night event with Duncan Trussel. https://www.psymposia.com/events/microdosing-duncan-trussell/ If you can’t make it, you can watch […]
Oct 04, 2017
Salon2 031 – “The Sacred Cactus”
1:01:38
Guest speaker: Sergey Baranov PROGRAM NOTES: Year this lecture was recorded: 2017 The path to peyote for a Russian seeker named Sergey Baranov. Throughout communities spanning the Americas, Sergey explored plant medicines and even faced a near-death experience before finally settling in Peru and founding the ‘Cactus House’ where he now leads ceremonies. Sergey Baranov’s […]
Oct 03, 2017
Salon2 030 – “Wars ON Drugs”
58:12
Guest speaker: John Dolan PROGRAM NOTES: Year this lecture was recorded: 2017 Today’s podcast features an interview with John Dolan, who is well known as the “War Nerd”. Additionally, he has another alter ego as the writer Gary Brecher. The War Nerd podcast covers a wild amount about the history along with speculations about the […]
Sep 28, 2017
Salon2 -029 – “Treating PTSD with MDMA”
48:09
Guest speakers: Michael and Annie Mithoefer PROGRAM NOTES: Year this lecture was recorded: 2017 Michael and Annie Mithoefer have been working for years to bring MDMA into the forefront as a treatment for PTSD. As a couple who works together holding space for these sessions, they share about what they learned of the promise and […]
Sep 25, 2017
Podcast 547 – “A House Divided Against Itself”
1:37:10
Guest speaker: Gore Vidal PROGRAM NOTES: Today’s podcast features a lecture by Gore Vidal about the true history of the U.S. presidency. Also included is a brief bit by George Carlin where he explains why America is always at war. And Lorenzo explains in detail why he believes that the USA is already a failed […]
Sep 21, 2017
Salon2 -028 – “Psychedelic Storytelling in Chicago”
1:19:04
PROGRAM NOTES: Year this lecture was recorded: 2017 Today’s podcast features a great storytelling night from the Blue-Dot tour. Hosted by the Chicago Psychedelic Club, you can hear why we loved our stop in the Windy City. You can join the Chicago Psychedelic Club Also: check out ‘The Journal of Humanistic Psychiatry’ For integration meetings […]
Sep 18, 2017
Salon2 027 – “Conversation with a Polymath”
1:13:30
Guest speaker: Bruce Damer PROGRAM NOTES: Year this lecture was recorded: 2017 Some big announcements this week followed by a conversation with Dr. Bruce Damer who shares from his wealth of stories, science and psychedelic history. You can learn much more about his many endeavors at his website: Damer.com Dr. Damer’s podcast is The Levity […]
Sep 11, 2017
Salon2 – 026 “CBD and Bluebird Botanicals”
52:18
Guest speakers: Kevin Leibrock and Michael Harinen PROGRAM NOTES: Year this lecture was recorded: 2017 Kevin Liebrock and Michael Harinen from Bluebird Botanicals tell us about their work producing high quality CBD oil that can be shipped to all fifty U.S. states. They answer some of the most commonly asked questions that people have about […]
Sep 04, 2017
Salon2 025 – “Cannabis Pair O’ Docs”
1:08:46
Guest speakers: Matthew Markert and Frank Sacco PROGRAM NOTES: Year this lecture was recorded: 2017 For Marijuana Month, this week is our Cannabis “Paradox” Pair o’ Docs episode. Dr. Matthew Markert shares thoughts about cannabis, epilepsy and the brain. As an MD/PhD interested in altered states of consciousness, he chose epilepsy as a way to study […]
Aug 22, 2017
Salon2 024 – “Cannabis Ceremonies”
43:36
Guest speaker: Becca Williams PROGRAM NOTES: Date this lecture was recorded: 2017 After much work with cannabis, Becca Williams learned how to use it as a Spirit Plant medicine. She teaches people about the power of cannabis to heal traumas and now leads Cannabis Ceremonies in Denver, Colorado. Her work also includes excellent educational videos. […]
Aug 14, 2017
Podcast 546 – “Insanity”
1:37:23
Guest speaker: Terence McKenna PROGRAM NOTES: Date this lecture was recorded: August 27, 1992 [NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna “What I’m always afraid of is that I’ll be ostracized, except that it will be entirely deserved. . . . Disgraced! . . . Did you hear how this guy ended up?” “Even as […]
Aug 12, 2017
Salon2-023 – “Mona Zhang’s Cannabis News”
37:59
Guest speaker: Mona Zhang PROGRAM NOTES: Date this lecture was recorded: 2017 Mona Zhang writes an important newsletter about cannabis, where she gives us an update on news around the weed world and what she saw in the smoking scenes of Beijing, London & New York. You may sign up for her excellent newsletter at […]
Aug 08, 2017
Podcast 545 – “Current Research and Future Trends of Psychedelics, Stanford 2/3/91”
1:40:53
Guest speakers: Bruce Eisner, David Nichols, Rick Doblin, Charles Grob, Richard Yensen, and Timothy Leary PROGRAM NOTES: Date this lecture was recorded: February 3, 1991 Today’s podcast features a panel discussion that took place at a psychedelic conference that was held at Stanford University in February of 1991, which is before the World Wide Web […]
Aug 02, 2017
Salon2 022 – “Psycho-Tech with Dr. Roberts”
54:50
Guest speaker: Dr. Thomas B. Roberts PROGRAM NOTES: Date this lecture was recorded: 2017 Dr. Thomas Roberts is one of the most forward thinking people in the field of psychedelics. This interview covers his experiences leading up to the idea of psycho-technologies. His book, “The Psychedelic Future of the Mind: How Entheogens Are Enhancing Cognition, […]
Jul 31, 2017
Salon2 021 – “Tipper Stage’s Harm Prevention”
37:17
Guest speakers: Mitchell Gomez, Lex Pelger, and Margie Weiss-Hoffman Listen PROGRAM NOTES: Date these talks were recorded: May 2017 For this entry in the Psychedelic History Project, here are three short lectures from the stage of the Tipper and Friends festival in Florida. Mitchell Gomez of DanceSafe starts with his work in festival harm reduction, […]
Jul 27, 2017
Salon2 020 – “New Drugs and Safe Parties”
45:34
Guest speaker: Mitchell Gomez PROGRAM NOTES: Date this lecture was recorded: 2017 Mitchell Gomez of DanceSafe walks us through what is happening with drugs in the wild and what his organization is doing to reduced harm at festivals, parties and other psychoactive gatherings of the tribe. On the street today, MDMA is strong, ketamine is […]
Jul 24, 2017
Salon2 019 – “Wild Bill Radacinski”
50:24
Guest speaker: William Radacinski PROGRAM NOTES: Date this lecture was recorded: June 2017 Wild Bill knows no bounds. A native of Queens and an explorer of psychedelic space, he is an old friend of Lorenzo who has some interesting experiences to share. This is the first episode in our Psychedelic History Project featuring the voices […]
Jul 21, 2017
Salon2 018 – “Drug Laws”
49:18
Guest speaker: Mark Haden PROGRAM NOTES: Date this lecture was recorded: July 2017 It’s rare to meet someone eager to tackle the law but in this interview with Mark Haden, the Executive Director of MAPS Canada, he wrestles with the thorniest problem of all: how to regulate these drugs. You can see more about him […]
Jul 17, 2017
Salon2 -017 – “The Case for Cognitive Liberty”
1:09:20
Guest speaker: Casey Hardison   PROGRAM NOTES: Date this lecture was recorded: July 4, 2017 This week we feature the underground chemist and cognitive liberty hero Casey Hardison. He served almost 10 years in the UK on drug charges, but now he’s free and sharing his story from the Shulgin Farm on the Fourth of […]
Jul 12, 2017
Podcast 544 – “Biodiversity Is Biosecurity”
1:58:05
Guest speaker: Paul Stamets PROGRAM NOTES: Date this lecture was recorded: August 2016 Today’s podcast features the 2016 Palenque Norte lecture by Paul Stamets, who is one of the leading mycologists in the world. In this talk Paul covers a wide range of knowledge about mushrooms and mycelium that will blow your mind. For anyone […]
Jul 09, 2017
Salon2 016 – “Psychedelic Stories from Victoria”
1:09:08
PROGRAM NOTES: Date this lecture was recorded: May 3, 2017 For convincing your relatives about the power of MDMA, have them listen to the first story in this episode and then read this article where Oprah’s senior editor reports on the healing and then tries it herself: Inside the Investigation: Can MDMA Heal Psychological Trauma? […]
Jul 03, 2017
Salon2-015 – “Mary Porter’s Peyote Church”
50:15
Guest speaker: Mary Porter PROGRAM NOTES: Date this lecture was recorded: 2017 Around the kitchen table, we hear from the powerhouse Mary Porter, a Native woman who, after her wild years staying away from the medicine, founded the Looking Glass Peyote Church. The episode ends with hearing from a discriminating young veteran about his experience, […]
Jun 26, 2017
Salon2 014 – “Psymposia Stories from Los Angeles”
56:30
Guest speaker: Various PROGRAM NOTES: Date this lecture was recorded: April 26, 2017 Psymposia hopes that you enjoy these stories from Los Angeles. Besides the police officer Michael Wood & UltraCulture’s Jason Louv and an array of other storytellers who have fathomed hell or soared angelic. This episode ends with one of the most powerful […]
Jun 19, 2017
Podcast 543 – “Working With Medicinal Plants”
1:20:51
Guest speaker: Erin Rivera Merriman & Shonagh Home PROGRAM NOTES: Date this lecture was recorded: May 2017 Today’s podcast features a conversation between Shonagh Home and Erin Rivera Merriman who is an Esoteric Women’s Health Practitioner, Plant Spirit Medicine Practitioner, Priestess, Oracle, Artist, and Mother. Erin has taught art to Brooklyn teens, volunteered as an […]
Jun 19, 2017
Salon2 013 – “Pallamary’s Paths of Shamanism”
54:41
Guest speaker: Matt Pallamary PROGRAM NOTES: Date this interview was recorded: April 28, 2017 After hearing from Matt Pallamary at the San Diego storytelling in last week’s episode, here’s an interview with him about the tools of shamanism applied to writing, the pitfalls of gurus and his many stories and lessons from his decades spent […]
Jun 12, 2017
Salon2 012 – “Psychedelic Stories from San Diego”
1:37:07
Guest speakers: Various PROGRAM NOTES: Date this lecture was recorded: April 27, 2017 Here’s the storytelling session from San Diego. It’s an especially powerful gathering thanks to the Aware Project creating community there. Plus, lucky story #7 comes from Lorenzo himself and includes a great history on the importance of the talks in Palenque, Mexico. […]
Jun 05, 2017
Podcast 542 – “Shamans of the Global Village”
1:06:28
Become a Patron! Guest speakers: Rak Razam and Niles Heckman PROGRAM NOTES: Date this lecture was recorded: August 2016 Today’s podcast features the 2016 Palenque Norte Lecture by documentary film makers Rak Razam and Niles Heckman. In addition to discussing their work with indigenous people, they discuss the making of their documentary, “Shamans of the […]
Jun 05, 2017
Salon2 011 – “Psychedelic Therapy for Veterans”
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Guest speaker: Ian Benouis Date this lecture was recorded: May 2017 This week we talk with the veteran Ian Benouis who works to connect those who served with the plant medicines. He works with the Weed for Warriors project and the Veterans for Entheogenic Therapy. You can see their project of taking 6 soldiers with PTSD […]
May 29, 2017
Salon2 010 – “Stories from Boulder, Colorado”
1:28:54
PROGRAM NOTES: Date these stories were recorded: April 15, 2017 Today’s podcast features the Psymposia Stories from Boulder, CO. A wide-range of people gathered under Naropa University to share their personal tales. Download MP3 PCs – Right click, select option Macs – Ctrl-Click, select option
May 22, 2017
Podcast 541 – “The Divine Feminine”
1:28:23
Become a Patron! Guest speaker: Dr. Rachel Harris PROGRAM NOTES: Date this lecture was recorded: May 2017 Today we feature the second of two interviews with Rachel Harris, author of Listening to Ayahuasca: New Hope for Depression, Addiction, PTSD, and Anxiety. In an earlier episode in the Salon2 series, we heard Rachel in her very […]
May 20, 2017
Salon2 009 – “Cannabis and Spirituality”
1:00:31
Guest speaker: Stephen Gray PROGRAM NOTES: Date this lecture was recorded: April 2017 This week we talk with Stephen Gray, the editor & writer who pulled together the excellent collection of essays titled: “Cannabis and Spirituality: An Explorer’s Guide to an Ancient Plant Spirit Ally” In other vital news, if you’ve spent the last many […]
May 15, 2017
Podcast 540 – “What Does Being Human Mean?”
1:29:55
Become a Patron! Guest speaker: Terence McKenna PROGRAM NOTES: Date this lecture was recorded: August 11 &13, 1998 [NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna “There is no closure. All ideology is now exposed as an adolescent response to being. If the 20th Century taught us anything, it taught us the toxic nature of ideology.” […]
May 12, 2017
Salon2 008 – “Psymposia Stories – Austin, TX”
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Guest speakers: Various PROGRAM NOTES: Date this lecture was recorded: April 13, 2017 Here’s our next set of stories from the Blue-Dot tour’s stop in a library of Austin, Texas. Support Psymposia on Patreon to keep the events coming together and the podcast episodes flowing… Download MP3 PCs – Right click, select option Macs – […]
May 08, 2017
Podcast 539 – “Novelty and Technology”
1:36:24
Guest speaker: Terence McKenna PROGRAM NOTES: Date this lecture was recorded: August 11, 1998 “Novelty theory has always said as the universe ages it becomes more and more complicated. Period.” -Terence McKenna In today’s podcast Terence McKenna talks about one of his most abiding interests, the increase of novelty/complexity in the universe. Along the way […]
May 04, 2017
Salon2 007 – “Listening to Ayahuasca”
49:26
Guest speaker: Dr. Rachel Harris PROGRAM NOTES: We sit down with Dr. Rachel Harris who collected countless anecdotes of people’s work with ayahuasca and condensed them into the excellent book: Listening to Ayahuasca: New Hope for Depression, Addiction, PTSD, and Anxiety. If you enjoy the work of Psymposia, come join the Blue Dot Tour or […]
May 01, 2017
Podcast 538 – “Are Psychedelics Spiritual?”
1:36:12
Guest speaker: Terence McKenna PROGRAM NOTES: Date this lecture was recorded: August 10, 1998 [NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.] “This always comes up in the discussion about are psychedelics spiritual. Or is it legitimate and coherent to talk about psychedelics as a part of a spiritual path, or a moral path, or a […]
Apr 27, 2017
Salon 2 006 – “Stories from Athens”
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Guest speaker: Various PROGRAM NOTES: Date this lecture was recorded: April 11, 2017 Today’s program features some stories that the Psymposia Team recorded in Athens, Georgia on their Blue Dot Tour. Download MP3 PCs – Right click, select option Macs – Ctrl-Click, select option
Apr 24, 2017
Salon2 005 – “Psychoactive Drug Research”
57:45
Guest speaker: Dennis McKenna & Lex Pelger PROGRAM NOTES: Lex talks with Dennis McKenna about the upcoming ESPD50 conference: the Ethnopharmacologic Search for Psychoactive Drugs 50th Anniversary Symposium Lex also announces Psymposia’s first sale on Patreon & asks for your help to keep bringing people together online & offline. Perks include hemp Psymposia shirts, blotter […]
Apr 17, 2017
Podcast 537 – “Integrating A Medicine Experience”
1:28:59
Guest speakers: Shonagh Home & Katherine Coder PROGRAM NOTES: Today’s podcast features a conversation between Shonagh Home and Dr. Katherine Coder, a Transpersonal Psychologist. Dr. Kat’s specialties include trauma resolution, healing shame, relationship healing, cultivating the deep Feminine, ceremony, and one-on-one client work for those looking for a deeper connection to themselves and their world. […]
Apr 16, 2017
Salon2 004 – “Psychedelic Science 2017”
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Guest speaker: Brad Burge Psymposia at Psychedelic Science 2017 PROGRAM NOTES: Today’s podcast features Brad Burge, the director of communications for MAPS, who tells us more about the upcoming 6-day conference in Oakland, CA: Psychedelic Science 2017. ** In the “Free Marketplace” at Psychedelic Science 2017 Psymposia will be hosting our stage ten hours a […]
Apr 10, 2017
Salon2 003 – “Psychedelic Stories from Canada”
54:19
Guest speakers: Adi Khavous, Jenifer Dumpert, Brett Greene, and Pol Cosineau PROGRAM NOTES: Date this lecture was recorded: 920 Psilocybin Mushroom Day 2015 This week you’ll hear stories recorded live at Psymposia Stories Montreal from 920 Psilocybin Mushroom Day 2015. Adi Khavous: A nomadic street artist’s first time taking mushrooms. Jenifer Dumpert: One dream researcher’s […]
Apr 03, 2017
Podcast 536 – “The Future of Art”
1:32:02
Guest speaker: Terence McKenna PROGRAM NOTES: Date this lecture was recorded: August 7, 1998 Today’s podcast continues with a series of lectures given by Terence McKenna at the Esalen Institute in early August 1998. It begins with Terence discussing ways in which he sees art evolving. Eventually he transitions into a discussion about the growth […]
Mar 30, 2017
Salon2 002 – “Microdosing”
41:15
Guest speaker: Ayelet Waldman PROGRAM NOTES: Today brings us the first of the Salon2 podcasts, and it is hosted by Lex Pelger, who I have asked to tell you a little about what his psychedelic clan is up to. After Lex’s introduction of the Psymposia Team, he will be interviewing Ayelet Waldman about her new […]
Mar 27, 2017
Podcast 535 – “Salvia Divinorum and Other Plants”
1:29:32
Guest speaker: Terence McKenna PROGRAM NOTES: Date this lecture was recorded: August 6, 1998 Today’s podcast features an August 6, 1998 talk about Salvia Divinorum given by Terence McKenna at the Esalen Institute. In addition to many interesting facts that Terence presents about Salvia, he tells how Daniel Siebert became the first person to identify […]
Mar 22, 2017
Salon2 001 – “Frequently Asked Questions About Salon2”
16:33
Guest speaker: Lorenzo PROGRAM NOTES: This is the first of the Psychedelic Salon 2.0 podcasts. It is a very short program that answers the following questions: 1. How did the idea of Salon 2.0 come about? 2. Where did the ideas for how Salon2 will work come from? 3. How much input and control will […]
Mar 20, 2017
Podcast 534 – “Drugs, Cultures, and the World Corporate State”
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Guest speaker: Terence McKenna PROGRAM NOTES: Date this lecture was recorded: August 4,1998 [NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna “The nation state is now on the ropes. It’s being replaced by something else, the world’s one thousand companies, the world corporate state.” “The interesting thing about the world corporate state is it has no […]
Mar 08, 2017
Podcast 533 – “The Social Virus of Political Correctness”
1:08:55
Guest speaker: Terence McKenna PROGRAM NOTES: Date this lecture was recorded: August 4, 1998 [NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.] “A certain portion of my audience is flakier than I am comfortable with.” “The whole point with psychedelics was to cut through the programming and the cant, and the propaganda of culture to true […]
Feb 27, 2017
Podcast 532 – “The Mind, Consciousness, and the Brain”
1:13:38
Guest speakers: Rupert Sheldrake and Joseph Chilton Pearce PROGRAM NOTES: Date this lecture was recorded: August 28, 1993 Today’s podcast features a conversation that was held on August 28, 1993 between Rupert Sheldrake, the originator of the Morphic Resonance theory, and Joseph Chilton Pearce, author of many books including The Crack in the Cosmic Egg […]
Feb 21, 2017
Podcast 531 – “The Prisim Lecture”
1:28:11
Guest speaker: Robert Anton Wilson PROGRAM NOTES: Date this lecture was recorded: February 1982 [NOTE: All quotations are by Robert Anton Wilson.] “The belief in certitude, I suspect, is a primate habit.” “One thing I want to make absolutely clear is that almost all pessimism results from watching what the government is doing. . . […]
Feb 13, 2017
Podcast 530 – “A Psychedelic Moment In History”
1:03:30
Guest speaker: Lorenzo PROGRAM NOTES: Date this lecture was recorded: January 30, 2017 In today’s podcast Lorenzo explains how he came to his decision to not vote in last year’s presidential election. He begins by quoting part of a poem by William Butler Yeats which read: Things fall apart; the center cannot hold; Mere anarchy […]
Jan 30, 2017
Podcast 529 – “Privacy & Free Speech in 2017”
1:25:30
Guest speaker: John Gilmore PROGRAM NOTES: Date this lecture was recorded: August 2016 [NOTE: All quotations are by John Gilmore.] “Don’t buy Apple products when they lock you into only using software that Apple approves of. It’s really straightforward. It’s like, don’t buy food that poisons you. Don’t buy from companies that try to control […]
Jan 14, 2017
Podcast 528 – “History Ends In Green” – Part 5
59:20
Guest speaker: Terence McKenna PROGRAM NOTES: Date this lecture was recorded: September 1990 [NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.] “The payoff [of psychedelic experiences] is being able to design our way toward a more humane culture.” “And I think that’s how we have to act. We have to each choose a small area and […]
Dec 27, 2016
Podcast 527 – “History Ends in Green” – Part 4
1:34:41
Guest speaker: Terence McKenna PROGRAM NOTES: Date this lecture was recorded: September 1990 [NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.] “It’s really true that the world at any moment could come completely and utterly apart. Have you seen that happen?” “The whole impetus for my career is to convince myself that somebody else has seen […]
Dec 13, 2016
Podcast 526 – “History Ends In Green” – Part 3
1:38:26
Guest speaker: Terence McKenna PROGRAM NOTES: Date this lecture was recorded: September 1990 In today’s talk from a September 1990 workshop, Terence McKenna explains that when speaking about the DMT state he says that what he calls self-dribbling basketballs “are like crystalline, jeweled, semi-see-through, opaque, movemented things, which look like sculptures, but you can tell […]
Dec 05, 2016
Podcast 525 – “History Ends In Green” – Part 2
1:04:04
Guest speaker: Terence McKenna PROGRAM NOTES: Date this lecture was recorded: September 1990 [NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.] “There is no closure. There are models, and there are questions. But all models are provisional, and anybody who says they have answers is highly, highly suspect. Too many people claim answers. What’s being claimed […]
Nov 21, 2016
Podcast 524 – “History Ends In Green” – Part 1
1:13:24
Guest speaker: Terence McKenna PROGRAM NOTES: [NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.] “I cannot conceive of mature human beings going from the cradle to the grave without ever finding out about [the psychedelic experience]. It’s like not finding out about sex or something. It’s just too weird. It’s a part of our birthright. It’s […]
Nov 08, 2016
Podcast 523 – “Coalitions for Freedom”
1:37:37
Guest speaker: Grover Norquist PROGRAM NOTES: [NOTE: All quotations are by Grover Norquist.] “You don’t lose something because of partisan fights at the state level.” “States rights is a stupid concept, since states don’t have rights. People have rights. States have power they use against people.” “People who have concealed carry permits go to jail […]
Nov 01, 2016
Podcast 522 – “Surveillance Capitalism and the IoT”
1:34:10
Guest speaker: Cory Doctorow PROGRAM NOTES: [NOTE: All quotations are by Cory Doctorow.] “This world of computers exists in a principle-free environment. The Internet of Things is the Internet of absolute, self-serving bullshit.” “The Internet of Things needs principles.” “The real struggle here, it’s not making computers free, it’s making people free. The reason we […]
Oct 26, 2016
Podcast 521 – “Risk Reduction – How You Can Help”
1:16:40
Guest speakers: Annie Oak, Shannon Clare Petitt, and Rick Doblin PROGRAM NOTES: In this 2016 Palenque Norte Lecture, Annie Oak, founder of the Women’s Visionary Congress, teaches how to use Naloxone to help a person who has had an opioid overdose. She is followed by Shannon Clare Petitt who tells us about some of the […]
Oct 18, 2016
Podcast 520 – “Our Cyberspiritual Future” Part 6
1:37:39
Guest speaker: Terence McKenna PROGRAM NOTES: [NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.] “What we’re doing is we’re building a nervous system. We’re building a nervous system the size of this planet.” “The marketplace has an appetite for lies about the future.” “I cannot conceive of post eschatonic life. I think of it, just to […]
Oct 06, 2016
Podcast 519 – “Our Cyberspiritual Future” Part 5 – TimeWave
2:05:17
Guest speaker: Terence McKenna PROGRAM NOTES: Today we get to hear Terence McKenna’s lecture about his TimeWave hypothesis (it never became a true theory). This 1997 talk was given less than three years before Terence’s death and thus represents some of his latest thinking about this topic. He defines the TimeWave as a mathematical model […]
Sep 29, 2016
Podcast 518 – “Our Cyberspiritual Future” Part 4
1:16:14
Guest speaker: Terence McKenna PROGRAM NOTES: [NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.] “A nature trip is an eyes wide open trip.” “I think LSD is abrasively psychoanalytic.” “I don’t see an intellect outside of space and time guiding things, and certainly not watching with baited breath the machinations of the human monkeys. I mean, […]
Sep 20, 2016
Podcast 517 – “Our Cyberspiritual Future” Part 3
1:44:11
Guest speaker: Terence McKenna PROGRAM NOTES: [NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.] “The only path in to the supernormal that I’ve found are the psychedelics. Everywhere else I found chicanery and fraud.” “It’s fun to be a free person. It’s fun to not depend upon an institution, an ideology, an other person, a place, […]
Sep 13, 2016
Podcast 516 – “Our Cyberspiritual Future” Part 2
1:37:27
Guest speaker: Terence McKenna PROGRAM NOTES: [NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.] “The real news is no one is in control, not the central bank, not the Jews, not the communist party, not the pope. Nobody’s in control.” “I do not understand why people transfer loyalty to role models. You have to be incredibly […]
Sep 06, 2016
Podcast 515 – “Our Cyberspiritual Future” Part 1
1:13:24
Guest speaker: Terence McKenna PROGRAM NOTES: [NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.] “What psychedelics are about is deconditioning all of these culturally induced, sensory biases and idealogical biases, basically it reshuffles the intellectual and sensory deck. And it’s a wonderful, salutary thing to come along for Western culture at this moment because we’re basically […]
Aug 23, 2016
Podcast 514 – “Anarchy Is The Ideal”
1:03:31
Guest speaker: Terence McKenna PROGRAM NOTES: [NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.] “Democracy is this innate belief in people. It’s a psychedelic way of doing it. It’s the closest we can get to anarchy. Anarchy to my mind is, of course, the ideal. But anarchy has to be mediated with policy, and the way […]
Aug 15, 2016
Podcast 513 – “An Ocean of Ideas”
1:04:36
Guest speaker: Terence McKenna PROGRAM NOTES: [NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.] “The thing about [ayahuasca] is that you always come out of it in great shape. Ken’s right, you feel better the day after than if you hadn’t done it. What [other] drug can you say that of?” “I think this ayahuasca thing […]
Jul 27, 2016
Podcast 512 – “California’s Prop 64 is a TRAP”
1:19:14
Guest speakers: Ellen Brown, Letitia Pepper, & Lorenzo PROGRAM NOTES: Today’s podcast features insights from Ellen Brown and Latitia Pepper in regards to California’s upcoming ballot measure Proposition 64. As you will hear, this measure will eliminate the current medical marijuana laws in the state. And while anyone over the age of 21 will be […]
Jul 20, 2016
Podcast 511 – “Psychedelic Book of the Dead”
1:20:29
Guest speaker: Erik Davis PROGRAM NOTES: “The whole history of Buddhism in the West, the whole thing in the post war period as Buddhism starts to become really popular, is inextricable from psychedelics.” -Erik Davis Today’s podcast features a talk that was given by Erik Davis in which he unravels the history of both the […]
Jul 13, 2016
Podcast 510 – “Do Psychedelics Matter?”
1:11:09
Guest speaker: Professor David Nutt PROGRAM NOTES: Today’s podcast features the 2016 talk that Professor David Nutt gave at the annual Glastonbury Festival. His topic was “Do psychedelics matter?”. Although demonised, and attracting severe criminal penalties for users during the half century of the “war on drugs”, psychedelics are now undergoing a renaissance – both […]
Jul 06, 2016
Podcast 509 – “The Pharmacratic Inquisition”
1:09:16
Guest speaker: Jonathan Ott PROGRAM NOTES: In today’s podcast Jonathan Ott unfolds a parade of history setting out the use and prohibition of psychedelic medicines throughout the course of human history. Although this talk was originally given at a 1996 entheobotany conference, it remains as current as if it were given yesterday. After Jonathan describes […]
Jun 29, 2016
Podcast 508 – “Techno-Shamanism”
1:06:38
Guest speaker: Michael Garfield PROGRAM NOTES: Today’s program features Michael Garfield who went to school for paleontology and then psychology before leaving academia to embark on a decade-long “trans-disciplinary” independent study of the intersections between art, science, and philosophy. As an experimental acoustic-electronic guitarist-singer-songwriter, as a scientific illustrator turned performance painter, and as a writer […]
Jun 22, 2016
Podcast 507 – Certified Natural Cannabis
1:09:58
Guest speakers: Shonagh Home and Sally PROGRAM NOTES: Today’s podcast features a conversation between Shonagh Home and a cannabis grower in the State of Washington, where both medical and recreational cannabis are now legal. Among other things, we learn how cannabis can be grown without the use of any chemicals to keep the pests away, […]
Jun 14, 2016
Podcast 506 – “One Of Us”
1:24:44
Guest speaker: Sasha Shulgin PROGRAM NOTES: Today’s podcast features a talk given by Sasha Shulgin in 1996. In many ways this is a perfect Shulgin talk for a podcast because he didn’t use any photos or the chalkboard to assist in his presentation. This talk is also one of Sasha’s best presentations as for not […]
Jun 06, 2016
Podcast 505 – “Ayahuasca Stories From 1989”
1:29:55
Guest speaker: Terence McKenna PROGRAM NOTES: Today we pick up on the third section of a Terence McKenna workshop that was held in December of 1989. An interesting feature of this session is a report that Terence asked one of his friends to give about the state of ayahuasca use in Amazonian Peru. As one […]
May 30, 2016
Podcast 504 – “We Are Descendent’s of Stoned Apes”
1:17:40
Guest speaker: Terence McKenna PROGRAM NOTES: [NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.] “I tend to think that there is a kind of unconscious racism in the suppression of the idea that the origin of not high culture but of humanism itself is in Africa.” “[The psychedelic experience] is about what is real, not what […]
May 23, 2016
Podcast 503 – “Behind the Scenes at Burning Man”
1:15:38
Guest speaker: Marian Goodell PROGRAM NOTES: Today’s podcast features a Palenque Norte Lecture given at the 2015 Burning Man Festival by Marian Goodall who is Burning Man’s Chief Engagement Officer (CEO). This was actually a focused Q&A session during which many of the community’s most pressing issues were discussed. Even if you aren’t interesting in […]
May 16, 2016
Podcast 502 – “Suspended Between Eternities”
1:18:03
Guest speaker: Terence McKenna PROGRAM NOTES: [NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.] “History is, in fact, the quenching and the withdrawal of this relationship of symbiosis to the rest of nature.” “Hedonists are people who don’t take hallucinogens, to my mind, because it largely is very hard work. I mean it isn’t always hard […]
May 10, 2016
Podcast 501 – #PsychedelicsBecause
1:04:17
Guest speaker: Neşe Devenot Help Neşe complete her Psychedelic Humanities Research PROGRAM NOTES: Today’s podcast features three short talks by Neşe Devenot who is a Postdoctoral Fellow in Digital Humanities at the University of Puget Sound, where she teaches classes on psychedelics and literature. Nese received her PhD in 2015 in comparative literature at the University […]
May 02, 2016
Podcast 500 – “500 Memories”
1:51:36
Guest speakers: Timothy Leary, Myron Stolaroff, Gary Fisher, Fraser Clark, Terence McKenna, & Sasha Shulgin PROGRAM NOTES: Today’s podcast features a retrospective of some of the highlights of podcasts with several of the elders who are no longer with us. These clips include talks by Timothy Leary, Myron Stolaroff, Gary Fisher, Fraser Clark, Terence McKenna, […]
Apr 25, 2016
Podcast 499 – “PSYCHEology: Psychedelics and the Soul”
54:23
Guest speaker: Neal Goldsmith PROGRAM NOTES: [NOTE: All quotations are by Neal Goldsmith.] “Personality is a strategy devised by a two year old.” “Parenting is like that. You don’t want to be directing your child. You want to be more like a forest ranger than a farmer, making sure that if lightening strikes and there’s […]
Apr 18, 2016
Podcast 498 – “Where The Wild Things Grow”
56:05
Guest speakers: Nathan Ehrlich & Terence McKenna PROGRAM NOTES: Today the first feature is a story by Nathan Ehrlich which first appeared on the Israel Story Podcast this past January. This is a story of healing, both physically and psychologically by two men from different countries who discovered the healing properties of psychedelic medicines. We […]
Apr 11, 2016
Podcast 497 – “The Dream We Call Reality”
1:20:37
Guest speaker: Bernardo Kastrup PROGRAM NOTES: Today’s podcast features a lengthy reading by Bernardo Kastrup from his new book, More Than Allegory: On Religious Myth, Truth And Belief. This reading comes from Part 3 of the book, which is a fictional account of a young scientist who participated in a research program that is investigating […]
Apr 04, 2016
Podcast 496 – “Something a Little Different”
59:35
Guest speaker: Bruce Damer PROGRAM NOTES: Today’s podcast features a series of raps by Bruce Damer who is backed up by the Faye Steen House Band led by: Joe Oppenheimer on loops, FX, and acoustic, with Darcy Davis on keys, and Aengus Donald on percussion. The recording was made in Melbourne, Australia in 2015. This […]
Mar 28, 2016
Podcast 495 – “Our Bridges Have Burned Behind Us”
1:10:52
Guest speaker: Terence McKenna PROGRAM NOTES: [NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.] “Trust your perceptions. Trust your intuition. And then accept the consequences, because this is what existential validity must be.” “Must it not be that humanity is the yeast of of the Gaian alchemical rarefaction, and that human history is the process of […]
Mar 22, 2016
Podcast 494 – “The Alchemical Angel Will Not Die”
1:10:52
Guest speaker: Terence McKenna PROGRAM NOTES: [NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.] “What we would call manic depression, despair, and that chaotic, near psychotic state of unbounded hopelessness is the precondition then for the alchemical work.” “An angel chartered modern science. It’s the alchemical angel, which will not die. It returns again and again […]
Mar 17, 2016
Podcast 493 – “Peyote Wisdom”
1:20:09
Guest speakers: Rose Kiseato & Shonagh Home PROGRAM NOTES: Today’s podcast features a conversation between Shonagh Home and Rose Kiseato Shepherd Davis, who is a Navajo-Hopi water woman of the Native American Church of North America. She is from the tobacco clan and is a 5th generation grandmother in her maternal line. Rose is an […]
Mar 15, 2016
Podcast 492 – “The Dizziness of Things Unsaid”
1:04:57
Guest speaker: Terence McKenna PROGRAM NOTES: [NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.] “Modern philosophy is a desert for my money, and who cares about it? Nobody cares about it. Who’s living their life according to the conceptions of modern philosophy, nobody as far as I can see.” “We live in a universe so alienated […]
Mar 07, 2016
Podcast 491 – “McKenna, Alchemy, & the World Today”
1:32:01
Guest speaker: Terence McKenna PROGRAM NOTES: [NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.] “A child playing with mercury is an alchemist hard at work, no doubt about it.” “Buddhism would have gotten nowhere in America had not psychedelics created a context for Buddhist language to take root.” “Modernity has fixed our minds in the categories […]
Feb 29, 2016
Podcast 490 – “Bridging Western Medicine and Shamanism”
1:18:44
Guest speakers: Veronica Hernandez & Shonagh Home PROGRAM NOTES: Today’s podcast features a conversation between Veronica Hernandez and Shonagh Home. Veronica Hernandez, is a clinical psychologist and shamanic practitioner. Born in Peru, since 2006 she has been trained on shamanic facilitation. She received her clinical training at the Institute of Rational-Emotive Therapy, New York, under […]
Feb 22, 2016
Podcast 489 – “The Art of Event Organizing”
1:07:46
Guest speaker: Annie Oak PROGRAM NOTES: Today’s podcast features the 2015 Palenque Norte Lecture given by Annie Oak at the Burning Man Festival. In her talk, Annie takes us on a tour of the various factors involved in organizing events such as festivals, dance parties, and theme camps. As a co-founder of the Woman’s Visionary […]
Feb 15, 2016
Podcast 488 – “MDMA The Movie”
59:18
Guest speaker: Emanuel Sferios PROGRAM NOTES: Today’s podcast features a conversation that Lorenzo had with Emanuel Sferios, the founder of DanceSafe and the producer of “MDMA The Movie”. In addition to discussing the movie that Emanuel is producing their conversation included a discussion of the way young people now perceive the differences between MDMA, Ecstasy, […]
Feb 03, 2016
Podcast 487 – “Mainstreaming Psychedelics”
1:36:13
Guest speaker: Rick Doblin PROGRAM NOTES: [NOTE: All quotations are by Rick Doblin.] “We need to move to a post-prohibition world.” “The spiritual/mystical experience has profound implications of the kind that we need now.” “Not in our studies only, but world wide there have now been over 1,100 people who have taken pure MDMA in […]
Jan 26, 2016
Podcast 486 – “The Main Vein of the Peculiar”
1:29:23
Guest speaker: Terence McKenna PROGRAM NOTES: Today’s podcast features the final section of a Terence McKenna workshop that took place in February 1991. In addition to more stories about the machine-elves and DMT, Terence covers evolution, the imagination, virtual reality, shamanism, and falling in love. The title of today’s podcast comes from my favorite quote […]
Jan 18, 2016
Podcast 485 – “The Ideas Remain”
1:22:54
Guest speaker: Terence McKenna PROGRAM NOTES: Today’s podcast begins with Terence talking about the elephant in the ayahuasca room: purging, puking, barfing, vomiting or whatever you want to call it. Fortunately he moves on and speculates that the human break with nature came about due to a change in the climate. And he ends this […]
Jan 11, 2016
Podcast 484 – “This is the Mushroom’s Program”
1:27:04
Guest speaker: Terence McKenna PROGRAM NOTES: [NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.] “I don’t think you are going to spend very long involved with these things at a deep level without scaring your socks off eventually. One of the great things about these psychedelic teachers is that they are so gentle with beginners. And […]
Jan 04, 2016
Podcast 483 – “Catalysts of Consciousness”
1:29:26
Guest speaker: Terence McKenna PROGRAM NOTES: [NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.] “The great emphasis for the fall into history is this broken connection with this Mind in nature.” “We can move no faster than the envelope of language which we generate to describe our journey.” “We need to take the engineering of our […]
Dec 28, 2015
Podcast 482 – “Help Save Ross Ulbricht & Internet Freedom”
1:17:14
Guest speaker: Grover Norquist PROGRAM NOTES: Today’s podcast comes in two parts. We begin with the Palenque Norte Lecture that Grover Norquist gave at the 2015 Burning Man Festival. This talk was actually in the form of a question and answer session in which the somewhat liberal audience found several areas in which they held […]
Dec 22, 2015
Podcast 481 – “The Deep, Dark Sixties”
1:17:24
Guest speakers: Timothy Leary, Abbie Hoffman, Danny Sugarman, & Lorenzo PROGRAM NOTES: Today’s podcast features talks by Dr. Timothy Leary, Abbie Hoffman, and Danny Sugarman, as well as audio from the trailer for DeepWebTheMovie.com. This is a podcast that you may want to listen to if you value your right to freely use the Internet, […]
Dec 14, 2015
Podcast 480 – “Coming Down from a Psychedelic Power Trip”
1:01:09
Guest speaker: Alicia Danforth PROGRAM NOTES: Today we feature the 2015 Palenque Norte Lecture by Dr. Alicia Danforth. In her talk, plus a question and answer session, Alicia describes some of the difficulties that a professional woman researcher may encounter in the area of sexism at work. She also discusses what has been called “the […]
Dec 07, 2015
Podcast 479 – “Overcoming Culture”
1:22:28
Guest speaker: Terence McKenna PROGRAM NOTES: [NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.] “Boundary-dissolving internal hierophany does in fact reliably occur in the presence of these [psychedelic] plants and compounds.” “We have become so accustomed to seeking the answer that even as a community we have a lot of trouble figuring out how you just […]
Nov 30, 2015
Podcast 478 – “Breaking The Spell On You”
1:04:32
Guest speaker: Shonagh Home PROGRAM NOTES: [NOTE: All quotations are by Shonagh Home.] “The mushroom has a wildness to it because it is wild, just as our minds once were wild.” “I see the mushroom as the ultimate test of the initiate because you’re on your own. There’s no shaman to guide you, and so […]
Nov 24, 2015
Podcast 477 – “What is this medium called consciousness?”
1:07:19
Guest speaker: Hamilton Souther PROGRAM NOTES: [NOTE: All quotations are by Hamilton Souther.] “In the jungle, the ayahuasca is used traditionally to heal what are known as mystical, non-ordinary, problems.” “I came to look at it and realize that what we [North Americans] were looking for wasn’t specifically an experience that would produce healing, but […]
Nov 16, 2015
Podcast 476 – “Origins of the Choice-Maker”
1:15:12
Guest speaker: Terence McKenna PROGRAM NOTES: Today we pick up on the February 1996 Terence McKenna workshop that we began with Podcast 472. When he gets to his overview of habit and novelty and then moves into a discussion of time, his poetic language provides several interesting mental footholds from which we can expand on […]
Nov 10, 2015
Podcast 475 – “The Path of a Medicine Woman”
1:16:28
Guest speakers: Borka Cafuk & Shonagh Home Today’s program features a conversation between Shonagh Home and Borka Cafuk, who is a remarkable medicine woman. Not only does Borka provide interesting details about plant medicines such as ayahuasca, sapo, and nu-nu, she also tells the fascinating story of her transition from working as an environmental journalist […]
Nov 02, 2015
Podcast 474 – Important Podcast – This Affects YOU!
1:05:57
Guest speaker: Cory Doctorow cory (at) eff (dot) org PROGRAM NOTES: Update! October 27, 2015 Victory for Users: Librarian of Congress Renews and Expands Protections for Fair Uses   Today’s podcast features a 2015 Palenque Norte Lecture given by Cory Doctorow at this year’s Burning Man Festival. Cory is a well-known science fiction writer and […]
Oct 27, 2015
Podcast 473 – “Outcasts and Future People”
58:05
Guest speaker: Timothy Leary PROGRAM NOTES: [NOTE: All quotations are by Timothy Leary.] “We deliberately keep kids dumb by treating them like kids.” “We all know that if voting would change anything it would be illegal.” “The future belongs to those who can see the future.” “The smarter you are, the higher you want to […]
Oct 19, 2015
Podcast 472 – “The Timewave & The Watkins Objection”
1:26:59
Guest speaker: Terence McKenna PROGRAM NOTES: [NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.] “An interesting thing about drugs is often, when a new drug is discovered, it takes a long time to figure out how do you do it.” “In 1948, television was introduced, and millions and millions of people lead larval, low-awareness, warehoused lives […]
Oct 13, 2015
Podcast 471 – “Healing For PTSD Is Available”
1:44:15
Guest speakers: Janine Sagert, Saj Razvi, Ryan LeCompte, & Shonagh Home FROM SHOCK TO AWE (Indiegogo Campaign) Click image to see video From Shock to Awe is a feature-length documentary that will chronicle the journeys of military veterans as they seek relief from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder with the help of ayahuasca, MDMA (“Ecstasy”), and cannabis. It will […]
Oct 05, 2015
Podcast 470 – “Enter the Medicine Woman”
53:36
Guest speaker: Shonagh Home PROGRAM NOTES: Today we feature Shonagh Home from a talk that she gave at the recent Women & Entheogens Conference that was held in Cleveland, Ohio. The focus of Shonagh’s presentation has to do with breaking the spell of our cultural constructs that are preventing us from living informed and satisfying […]
Sep 28, 2015
Podcast 469 – “Philosophy With The Gloves Off”
1:37:00
Guest speaker: Terence McKenna PROGRAM NOTES: [NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.] “We don’t produce enough seritonin for living above 20 degrees latitude.” “I’m not a big advocate of mixing drugs, anyway. If you really want to get out into unknown territory, where there is the potential for danger, then start pouring these things […]
Sep 21, 2015
Podcast 468 – “Investigating Life – Part 2”
1:34:09
Guest speaker: Peter Gorman PROGRAM NOTES: “I have never gone to bed in Peru without having learned something new that day.” -Peter Gorman Today’s podcast features the second part of an interview with Peter Gorman, one of the larger-than-life figures to be found among our psychedelic elders. The program begins by picking up with a […]
Sep 14, 2015
Podcast 467 – “Investigating Life – Part 1”
1:08:04
Guest speaker: Peter Gorman PROGRAM NOTES: Today’s podcast features an interview of Peter Groman by Tom Huckabee. The interview took place at Peter’s home in August 2015. In this, the first part of Peter’s story, we learn that Peter was one of the first American’s to take ayahuasca. At the time, Burroughs’ “Yage Letters” hadn’t […]
Sep 08, 2015
Podcast 466 – “This Is An Incredible Moment”
1:05:30
Guest speaker: Rick Doblin PROGRAM NOTES: [NOTE: All quotations are by Rick Doblin.] “When we take a psychedelic drug and material emerges from our unconscious . . . it’s not a psychedelic experience, it’s a human experience that psychedelics have catalyzed.” “One of the most successful exports of the United States is the drug war.” […]
Sep 04, 2015
Podcast 464 – “Temple of Light”
Guest speaker: Bruce Damer PROGRAM NOTES: Today’s podcast features a talk given by Dr. Bruce Damer in May 2015 at the Lightening in a Bottle Festival. Building on a theme introduced by Lorenzo in a talk at Esalen, Bruce takes an in-depth look at the importance and essence of the Mysteries at Eleusis. In his […]
Aug 18, 2015
Podcast 463 – “Novelty is to be Cherished”
Guest speaker: Terence McKenna PROGRAM NOTES: [NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.] “I describe myself as a tall man with a cheap watch.” “If reality is code, then it can be hacked in some way that we had not suspected before.” “In a sense, the Italian Renaissance IS the medieval lead turned to the […]
Aug 10, 2015
Podcast 462 – “Psychedelic Advocacy”
Guest speakers: Ashley Booth and Amy Ralston Povah Today’s podcast features Ashley Booth, scientist and psychedelic advocate, and Amy Ralston Povah, a victim and hero of the War on Drugs. The talk by Ashley was given at the 2014 Palenque Norte Lectures at the Burning Man Festival, and the talk by Amy was given at […]
Aug 03, 2015
Podcast 461 – “Shake the mud off your shoes, monkey”
Guest speaker: Terence McKenna PROGRAM NOTES: [NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.] “In hyperspace nothing is hidden.” “Culture is a narrowing.” “We’re about to have the chance to create a global culture, to essentially clean our basement and decide what we’re going to save and what we’re going to keep.” “It’s the monotheistic religions […]
Jul 27, 2015
Podcast 460 – “Our planetary birth process”
Guest speaker: Terence McKenna [NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.] “Language is the software without which we wouldn’t be people.” “Culture is a strategy for intensifying the dimensionality of an animal species.” “Somehow, the psychedelic experience is related to this bootstrapping process of climbing, organizationally, from one dimension to another, deeper and deeper into […]
Jul 21, 2015
Podcast 459 – “Apes shouting at the monolith”
Guest speaker: Terence McKenna PROGRAM NOTES: [NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.] “The most politically potent thing you can do for somebody is to educate them, to give them the facts. The facts are now so horrifying, and the means of delivering the facts so effective that there is no excuse for everyone not […]
Jul 13, 2015
Podcast 458 – “Practical Mushroom Activism”
We were saddened to learn that Kai left this life on February 6th, 2016 due to complications from a fast. She was on the 37th day of a 40 day fast. Guest speakers: Kai Wingo & Shonagh Home PROGRAM NOTES: A mushroom expert, Kai Wingo’s passion is highlighting the value of mushroom cultivation in the […]
Jul 06, 2015
Podcast 457 – “The Divine Invasion”
Guest speaker: Rak Razam PROGRAM NOTES: Today’s podcast features a talk given by Rak Razam this year at Byron Bay, Australia. Rak is an ‘experiential’ journalist, who writes about the emergence of a new cultural paradigm in the 21st century. Rak is the author of the critically acclaimed book Aya Awakenings: A Shamanic Odyssey and […]
Jun 30, 2015
Podcast 456 – “Engineering Enlightenment”
Guest speaker: Mikey Siegel PROGRAM NOTES: “Technology is a manifestation of mind.” Mikey Siegel, Consciousness Hacker Have you ever given any thought to the proposition that perhaps human well-being, or enlightenment, may be approached through engineering? In today’s podcast, which is the 2014 Palenque Norte Lecture given by Mikey Siegel, you are going to learn […]
Jun 23, 2015
Podcast 455 – “Going Off the Psychedelic Rails”
Guest speakers: Annie Oak, Irina Alexander, and Bruce Damer PROGRAM NOTES: Today’s podcast features a panel discussion about some of the difficulties that can be encountered during a psychedelic experience. This panel discussion took place at the 2014 Palenque Norte Lectures at the Burning Man Festival and features Annie Oak, Irina Alexander and Bruce Damer. […]
Jun 15, 2015
Podcast 454 – Aldous Huxley: “Human Potentialities”
Guest speaker: Aldous Huxley PROGRAM NOTES: This podcast celebrates the ten year anniversary of programming from the Psychedelic Salon. And so we return to one of the men who was responsible for igniting today’s psychedelic renaissance, Aldous Huxley. The talk featured here was delivered at MIT in 1961, sometime after it was first given at […]
Jun 10, 2015
Podcast 453 – “Palenque Norte Tribute to Sasha Shulgin”
1:07:54
Guest speakers: George Greer, John Gilmore, Rick Doblin, Annie Oak PROGRAM NOTES: Today’s podcast features the tributes to Sasha Shulgin that were made at the Palenque Norte lectures during the 2014 Burning Man Festival. In addition to comments from the audience, we hear from Dr. George Greer (MDMA Researcher and Co-founder of the Heffter Research […]
Jun 09, 2015
Podcast 452 – “Kambo, Sananga and Rapé”
1:19:47
Guest speakers: Ginny Rutherford & Shonagh Home PROGRAM NOTES: Today’s podcast features an interview of Ginny Rutherford by Shonagh Home. Ginny is a Certified Transformational Life Coach in the Seattle area. She has studied Alchemical Tarot for the past 5 years and uses the Tarot in her coaching to get insight for her clients and […]
Jun 01, 2015
Podcast 451 – “Toad Venom & Other Things”
1:01:20
Guest speaker: Daniel Pinchbeck PROGRAM NOTES: Today’s podcast features the 2014 Palenque Norte Lecture delivered by Daniel Pinchbeck. Beginning with a discussion of his experimentation with toad venom (primary active ingredient 5MEO-DMT), his interaction with the audience leads down many of the different roads that Daniel has traveled as he was gathering information for his […]
May 26, 2015
Podcast 450 – “The Primacy of Direct Experience”
1:23:25
Guest speaker: Terence McKenna PROGRAM NOTES: [NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.] “These psychedelics, which in the Sixties and Fifties were simply called consciousness expanding drugs, a good old phenomenological description, if there is an iota of possibility that they expand consciousness then we must put out attention on this area. Because it is […]
May 18, 2015
Podcast 449 – “McKenna’s Speculations About 2012”
50:27
Guest speaker: Terence McKenna PROGRAM NOTES: In this continuation of a Terence McKenna workshop from June 1994, he does brief riffs about Joyce’s “Finnegan’s Wake” and Orwell’s “1984”. He then continues with some speculations about what he thought 2012 would bring. Step 1, he speculated, would be that everyone in the world would go outdoors […]
May 11, 2015
Podcast 448 – “The Cosmic Nervous System”
1:12:51
Guest speaker: Bernardo Kastrup PROGRAM NOTES: Today Bernardo Kastrup returns to the salon with more metaphysical speculations. Supplementing his recently released book, “Brief Peeks Beyond,” he touches on the so-called hard problem of consciousness faced by materialists. In his examination of the dominant materialistic world view, Bernardo reveals the forces behind our value systems, which […]
May 04, 2015
Podcast 447 – “Manifesting New Communities”
1:09:11
Guest speakers: La Laurien & Shonagh Home PROGRAM NOTES: In this wide-ranging conversation between two experienced medicine women, in addition to talking about shamanism and psychedelic medicines, such as magic mushrooms, MDMA, LSD, and others, they also venture into such diverse areas as aliens and language. Most importantly, they talk about Atlan, which was co-founded […]
Apr 27, 2015
Podcast 446 – “Closing In On Concrescence”
1:24:48
Guest speaker: Terence McKenna PROGRAM NOTES: “If I didn’t have cannabis I wouldn’t take a psychedelic drug. It is indispensable.” Terence McKenna In this talk, Terence McKenna tells some stories about how Gordon Wasson was first led to investigating the mushrooms of Mexico, and of possible use of magic mushrooms by the Sufi’s. We also […]
Apr 20, 2015
Podcast 445 – “Navigating the Ayahuasca Experience”
1:02:24
Guest speakers: Meriana Dinkova & Shonagh Home PROGRAM NOTES: In today’s podcast we get to listen in on a conversation between Shonagh Home and Meriana Dinkova. Meriana received her initial training in psychology studies at Vienna University and at the Free University in Berlin. And in 2003 she completed her MA in Counseling Psychology at […]
Apr 13, 2015
Podcast 444 – “The Longest 100 Seconds You Will Ever Know”
1:23:10
Guest speaker: Terence McKenna PROGRAM NOTES: Today’s talk by Terence McKenna takes us on an in-depth description of what he experiences on a DMT trip. While it is a story that we have heard before in various guises, Terence once again manages to tell his DMT stories in a way that makes it seem like […]
Apr 06, 2015
Podcast 443 – “The Legendary Venice Salon”
1:14:33
Guest speaker: Kathleen Wirt PROGRAM NOTES: Today we feature a talk given by Kathleen Wirt, the hostess of the legendary salon that took place in Venice, California. While the stories Kathleen tells are of interest from an historical point of view, they are also very informative for anyone who is also interested in starting a […]
Mar 30, 2015
Podcast 442 – “The Extraterrestrials Are Here!”
1:25:45
Guest speaker: Terence McKenna PROGRAM NOTES: [NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.] “One of the reasons I’m so fond of psychedelics is because they transcend rhetoric.” “Meditation and all these other things I take to be co-options organized by beastly hoards of priests.” “One of the most uncool things you can say to another […]
Mar 23, 2015
Podcast 441 – “The Technology of Spirituality”
54:47
Guest speaker: Terence McKenna PROGRAM NOTES: [NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.] “The absolute victory of habit is death itself.” “Life is apparently a phenomenon in this universe considerably more tenacious than stars.” “When the democratic crunch hits, democratic values will go down the drain long before they turn off the lights and stop […]
Mar 16, 2015
Podcast 440 – “The Tao of the Ancestors”
1:35:40
Guest speaker: Terence McKenna PROGRAM NOTES: [NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.] “The present is this hairline division between the past and the future, and the past exists in memory largely for the coordination of some agenda in the future. And that’s history!” “We have thought of history as something that we do. History […]
Mar 09, 2015
Podcast 439 – “A Resolute Optimist of a Complicated Sort”
1:00:29
Guest speaker: Terence McKenna PROGRAM NOTES: [NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.] “Now all that stands between us and some kind of angelic completion of some sort is the dark side of ourselves and the unpaid bills of the historical process.” “I am a resolute optimist of a very complicated sort.” “If you have […]
Mar 01, 2015
Podcast 438 – Annual Fund Drive & Book Announcement
10:00
Guest speaker: Lorenzo   THE FUND DRIVE HAS COME TO AN END AND THANKS TO EVERYONE FOR MAKING IT SUCCESSFUL   PROGRAM NOTES: It has been one year since our last fund raising effort, which means that the time has come once again to see if there is enough support for these podcasts to keep […]
Mar 01, 2015
Podcast 437 – “Integrating Sexuality & Spirituality”
1:09:49
Guest speakers: Yalila Espinoza & Shonagh Home PROGRAM NOTES: Today we feature a conversation about psychedelics, sexuality, and the dark side of ayahuasca tourism. The conversation is between two highly experienced medicine women, Shonagh Home and Yalila Espinoza, Ph.D. Yalila’s Ph.D. studies and diverse training in Integrating Sexuality & Spirituality have inspired her to create […]
Feb 24, 2015
Podcast 436 – “Behind the Scenes at Burning Man”
1:02:05
Guest speakers: Marian Goodell & John Gilmore PROGRAM NOTES: [NOTE: All quotations are by Marian Goodell.] “I don’t think Burning Man is the solution. I think that we are a really powerful gravitational force, and mixed with other cultures and other groups, that’s what’s powerful.” “The biggest problem I think Burning Man has is translating […]
Feb 17, 2015
Podcast 435 – “The Neuroscience of Music”
48:25
Guest speaker: Marina Korsakova PROGRAM NOTES: Today’s podcast features the 2014 Palenque Norte Lecture given by Dr. Marina Korsakova. Marina is a professional pianist and scholar in music cognition. Her research is focused on emotional responses to music and on the perception of melodic transformation. Currently, Marina teaches Music Cognition at Touro College. She performs […]
Feb 11, 2015
Podcast 434 – “The Metaphysics of the Psychedelic Experience”
56:30
Guest speaker: Bernardo Kastrup PROGRAM NOTES: [NOTE: All quotations are by Bernardo Kastrup.] “It is not the mind that is in the body. It is the other way around. It’s the body that is in the mind.” “In the same way that there is nothing to a whirlpool but water, I claim there is nothing […]
Feb 04, 2015
Podcast 433 – “Consciousness Browsers”
1:26:23
Guest speaker: Rak Razam PROGRAM NOTES: Today’s podcast features Rak Razam’s 2014 Palenque Norte Lecture, which was originally titled “Cosmic Consciousness To Convergence: Activating the Species.” As you can see, I have shortened it to a phrase that Rak used in his talk, “Consciousness Browsers,” which is an excellent way to describe the psychedelic experience. […]
Jan 28, 2015
Podcast 432 – “GAPS, MAPS, and PTSD”
1:21:46
Guest speakers: Katie Tomlinson & Rachel Hope PROGRAM NOTES: Today’s podcast features two of the Palenque Norte Lectures that were given at Burning Man in 2014. The first talk is by Katie Tomlinson, founder of GAPS, the psychedelic student organization at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. For anyone interested in establishing student groups on […]
Jan 22, 2015
Podcast 431 – “That Voice In Your Head”
1:00:29
Guest speaker: Tom Barbalet PROGRAM NOTES: Today’s podcast features a conversation between fellow podcaster Tom Barbalet and his guest. Their discussion centers on what we have all come to think of as that voice in our head. As you will hear, it may not be anything like what you think it is. As Tom’s guest […]
Jan 15, 2015
Podcast 430 – “The Danger is Madness”
1:28:02
Guest speaker: Terence McKenna PROGRAM NOTES: [NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.] “I sort of see [cannabis] as the pilot light of Gian consciousness.] “The danger is [in using psychedelic drugs], just to put it out there, is madness.” “LSD is different. LSD is like psychoanalytical Drano. It’s not a personality.” “Matter is simply […]
Jan 07, 2015
Podcast 429 – “Leprechauns, Elves, or Dead Souls?”
1:20:55
Guest speaker: Terence McKenna PROGRAM NOTES: [NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.] “History is anomalous, and there is no way to get used to it.” “The miracle of our predicament is not how long everything has been in place but how brief it all has been.” “Each stage of cosmic development proceeded more quickly […]
Dec 31, 2014
Podcast 428 – “Aliens from Hyperspace”
1:21:07
Guest speaker: Terence McKenna PROGRAM NOTES: [NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.] “After you fiddle with psilocybin for a while the question of whether or not there is an alien intelligence becomes moot.” “We are embedding ourselves in a matrix of silicone and glass.” “ We are beginning to embed ourselves into a cultural […]
Dec 23, 2014
Podcast 427 – “Stand Up And Be Counted!”
1:35:34
Guest speakers: Lorenzo Hagerty & Chris Hedges PROGRAM NOTES: [NOTE: All quotations are by Chris Hedges.] “I think when we speak today about American values what we’re really speaking about are corporate-instilled values.” “When you spend over a decade brutalizing people, people become brutal.” “You can’t use the word ‘liberty’ when your government watches you […]
Dec 15, 2014
Podcast 426 – “Alien Footprints”
1:28:36
Guest speaker: Terence McKenna PROGRAM NOTES: [NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.] “Once you encounter [the psychedelic experience] you see that this is an aspect or an activity as informing of what it means to be human as something as inimical to our nature as sexuality.” “What we lack is the will to change […]
Dec 08, 2014
Podcast 425 – “Drug Policy, Technology and Everything Else”
54:25
Guest speaker: John Gilmore PROGRAM NOTES: [NOTE: All quotations are by John Gilmore.] “I thank medical marijuana for breaking down social resistance to recreational marijuana.” “In medical marijuana states it was the gay community that developed political skills in working for their own liberation that then applied those skills to liberate marijuana in a medical […]
Dec 01, 2014
Podcast 424 – “The Magic of Language”
1:30:27
Guest speakers: Shonagh Home & Diana Reed Slattery PROGRAM NOTES: Today’s podcast features a conversation between Shonagh Home and Diana Reed Slattery who is a practicing xenolinguist and psychonaut. She has been investigating linguistic phenomena in the psychedelic sphere for over 15 years. Her website, Psychedelics & Language, details this research. Her science fiction novel, […]
Nov 24, 2014
Podcast 423 – “Is There Hope In All Of This?”
1:27:49
Guest speaker: Terence McKenna PROGRAM NOTES: [NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.] “Everything appears to me to be authored, in some strange way. And I wonder if this is not the spreading assumption of the psychedelic illusion/delusion/revelation that life is in fact art.” “[This legendary Amazonian substance is] a cybernetic transdimentional medium of some […]
Nov 17, 2014
Podcast 422 – “Visualizing the Psychedelic Experience”
1:00:24
Guest speaker: Niles Heckman PROGRAM NOTES: [NOTE: All quotations are by Niles Heckman.] “The visual component of the psychedelic experience is for the most part the final frontier for what computer graphics still have yet to replicate faithfully.” “Art isn’t really important unless it helps you grow in creating it, or it helps others grow […]
Nov 10, 2014
Podcast 421 – “Personal Implications of a DMT Flash”
1:41:58
Guest speaker: Terence McKenna PROGRAM NOTES: [NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.] “The world is magic, not a little bit, one hundred percent. Every atom from one end of this cosmos to the other is magic, magic, magic.” “Fate has chosen you to hear about [DMT]. . . . If you now go ahead […]
Nov 03, 2014
Podcast 420 – “Grover Norquist at Burning Man”
1:52:48
Guest speaker: Grover Norquist PROGRAM NOTES: The final speaker at the 2014 Palenque Norte Lectures, which are held at Burning Man each year, was Grover Norquist. According to Wikipedia, “… he is an American political advocate who is founder and president of Americans for Tax Reform, an organization that opposes all tax increases and a […]
Oct 27, 2014
Podcast 419 – “A Conversation from the Margins”
1:14:58
Guest speakers: Nese Devenot PROGRAM NOTES: Today’s podcast features a conversation with Nese Devenot who pose a number of challenging questions. One of the issues they raise regards the reluctance of some of us in the psychedelic community to discuss some of the serious problems that arise out of a false sense of protecting the reputation […]
Oct 20, 2014
Podcast 418 – “Death By Astonishment”
1:31:27
Guest speaker: Terence McKenna PROGRAM NOTES: [NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.] “Every drug problem can usually be traced to a previous drug problem.” “I think drugs are much safer than gurus.” “I’ve never been absolutely certain that psychedelics have anything whatsoever to do with the spiritual quest.” “Academic culture runs very heavily on […]
Oct 13, 2014
Podcast 417 – “Earth Mind and Monkey Mind”
1:28:42
Guest speaker: Terence McKenna PROGRAM NOTES: [NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.] “Alcohol could hardly be more different than psilocybin in terms of the social values that it promotes.” “Warfare is the natural consequence of agriculture.” “I really see psilocybin as a kind of inoculation against the primate nature.” “Noting on Earth is as […]
Oct 06, 2014
Podcast 416 – “McKenna: Psychedelics Are The Way Out”
1:07:19
Guest speaker: Terence McKenna PROGRAM NOTES: [NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.] “Culture is the sanctioned virtual reality.” “They try to tell you that you’re in a social contract, but when you ask to see your signature on the document they tell you that you were born into this contract. Well what the hell […]
Sep 30, 2014
Podcast 415 – “A Conversation About Peyote”
1:03:36
Guest speakers: Shonagh Home and Alyssum Old Coyote PROGRAM NOTES: Today we join Shonagh Home in a conversation with Alyssum Old Coyote as they talk about peyote. In addition to describing the elements of a traditional peyote ceremony, we learn of the difficulties that Native American people have had in preserving these important ceremonies as […]
Sep 22, 2014
Podcast 414 – “The Entheogenic Singularity”
55:58
Guest speaker: Bruce Damer PROGRAM NOTES: [NOTE: All quotations are by Bruce Damer.] “Your brain has distinct pathways that outnumber the number of subatomic particles in the universe by a very large number. . . . Your brain is an information system that is bigger than the whole cosmos.” “Your brain is reverberating the whole […]
Sep 15, 2014
Podcast 413 – “Plant Medicines As Healing Agents”
1:21:46
Guest speaker: Shonagh Home & Neşe Devenot PROGRAM NOTES: We again join Shonagh Home and Neşe Devenot in a conversation centered on how plant and psychedelic medicines may used in ways that aid in healing and in improving self-awareness. Along the way we hear stories of some of the difficulties that they encountered not only […]
Sep 08, 2014
Podcast 412 – “Permitting Smart People To Hope”
1:35:03
Guest speaker: Terence McKenna PROGRAM NOTES: [NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.] “What’s happening is that the computer is allowing us to go beyond the mathematical objects of Greek philosophy.” “The unconscious of the species is actually being hard wired as an artifact. We’re pouring glass, and gold, and silicon down the microtubials of […]
Aug 30, 2014
Podcast 411 – “Our Involvement With Matter”
1:03:58
Guest speaker: Terence McKenna PROGRAM NOTES: At the end of this talk Terence takes off on an interesting riff wherein he speculates that our life here on Earth may have something to do with us learning how to interact with matter as a preparation for some future existence in dimensions yet unknown. If, he postulates, […]
Aug 19, 2014
Podcast 410 – “Women and Psychedelics, a Discussion”
1:24:45
Guest speakers: Shonagh Home & Nese Devnot PROGRAM NOTES: Today’s podcast features a perspective of the psychedelic community that sometimes gets ignored, a woman’s point of view. Shonagh Home is joined by Nese Devenot in a wide-ranging conversation about not only womens’ roles in the community, but also how they are often perceived as second-class […]
Aug 14, 2014
Podcast 409 – The Shulgin Memorial
56:29
Guest speaker: Friends of Ann & Sasha Shulgin PROGRAM NOTES: On August 2, 2014, a memorial was held for Sasha Shulgin. In addition to several of the talks that were presented that afternoon, Bruce Damer captured a few sound bites from those in attendance. At the end of the podcast you will also hear a […]
Aug 06, 2014
Podcast 408 – “What Do You Make Of This?”
1:00:39
Guest speaker: Terence McKenna PROGRAM NOTES: [NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.] “Even a billion people is too much. There’s no way back to the simplicity we once knew, but there may be a way forward to the simplicity that we once knew.” “The human imagination, which is our great glory, has grown so […]
Jul 26, 2014
Podcast 407 – “The Evolutionary Importance of Technology”
1:00:50
Guest speaker: Terence McKenna PROGRAM NOTES: [NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.] “Information is just simply bootstrapping itself to higher and higher levels of self-reflection and self-coordination using whatever means are necessary.” “It’s our machines and our technologies that are now the major evolutionary forces acting upon us. It’s not our political systems.” “Everything […]
Jul 16, 2014
Podcast 406 – “Psychedelic Research Discussion Panel”
1:05:16
Guest speakers: Dr. Roland Griffiths, Dr. Alicia Danforth, and Gabrielle Agin-Liebes PROGRAM NOTES: This program features a recording of a panel discussion and Q&A session that took place at the 2013 Burning Man Festival with three people who are currently on the front lines of psychedelic research: Dr. Roland Griffiths, Dr. Alicia Danforth, and Gabrielle […]
Jul 10, 2014
Podcast 405 – “Marijuana At Your Corner Store”
56:52
Guest speaker: Sarah Lovering PROGRAM NOTES: Today we travel back in time once again to the 2013 Burning Man Festival where Sarah Lovering gave a Palenque Norte Lecture detailing her work with the Marijuana Policy Project. It was MPP that led a coalition of cannabis activists over a several year period leading up to the […]
Jul 02, 2014
Podcast 404 – “A Survey of Shamanic Options”
1:45:33
Guest speaker: Terence McKenna PROGRAM NOTES: During the 1980’s, before the birth of the Web, Terence McKenna’s workshops were just about the only source of information about psychedelics that reached the streets. While there was some information about psychoactive plants available in professional journals and university libraries, it took Terence to pull out this information […]
Jun 23, 2014
Podcast 403 – “Sasha Shulgin: In His Own Words”
57:32
Guest speaker: Sasha Shulgin PROGRAM NOTES: On June 2, 2014 Alexander “Sasha” Shulgin passed on to his next adventure. Although this podcast is a tribute to his life and work, I have decided to let it be told mainly in his own words. First you will hear the audio portion of a video tribute to […]
Jun 11, 2014
Podcast 402 – “Global Psychedelic Research Update”
59:26
Guest speaker: Rick Doblin PROGRAM NOTES: [NOTE: All quotations are by Rick Doblin.] “Once you’ve produced the scientific data that’s necessary to make a drug into a medicine, you’ve gone a long way towards mainstreaming the acceptance of these drugs as having beneficial properties. And then the step to legalization is not that far behind […]
Jun 03, 2014
Podcast 401 – “Surveillance and Revolution”
1:13:00
Guest speakers: Glenn Greenwald and Stefan Molyneux PROGRAM NOTES: “What the NSA has done is essentially converted the Internet from this unprecedented zone of freedom into the most powerful means of surveillance ever known in human history.” -Glenn Greenwald [NOTE: The following quotations are by Stefan Molyneux.] “If we have a bitcoin universe, you don’t […]
May 26, 2014
Podcast 400 – “Time Travel, Psychedelics, & Physics”
1:10:10
Guest speaker: Terence McKenna PROGRAM NOTES: [NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.] “We can step out of the assumption of a universal history in which we’re trapped, and realizing this is the beginning of a kind of liberation.” “Our assumptions are the edges of our worlds.” “When we really understand time travel we may […]
May 17, 2014
Podcast 399 – “We Are At The Cutting Edge”
1:10:45
Guest speaker: Terence McKenna PROGRAM NOTES: [NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.] “The moment is where we spend most of our time.” “Reality is a term that if it’s used at all it’s used in philosophy, in ontology, in epistemology. It is not a concept that you hear very often on the lips of […]
May 05, 2014
Podcast 398 – “Where Does Reality Begin & End”
1:07:00
Guest speaker: Terence McKenna PROGRAM NOTES: [NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.] “Occam’s Razor is fine in the formation of physical theory, but it doesn’t take us far in understanding human motivation.” “What the psychedelics seem to me to argue for is that reality is not reality. There may be no reality, but certainly […]
Apr 29, 2014
Podcast 397 – “Art and Other Disruptive Technologies”
1:06:31
Guest speakers: Joh Isaac Mitchell & Michael Goldstein PROGRAM NOTES: Today we feature two interesting talks: Art as Technology and Crypto-anarchy. The first talk is from the 2013 Palenque Norte Lectures that were held at the Burning Man Festival. And that story is followed by a concise explanation of how bitcoin technology evolved and that […]
Apr 17, 2014
Podcast 396 – “A Freely Evolving Topology of Light & Sound”
1:15:40
Guest speaker: Terence McKenna PROGRAM NOTES: [NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.] “It is not that culture is evolving. The evolution of culture is an epiphenomena attendant upon the evolution of language. Language is the part of man that is evolving. Culture carries along.” “I think people have a greater sensitivity to the mysteries […]
Apr 08, 2014
Podcast 395 – #WaveOfAction
45:19
Guest speakers: Various PROGRAM NOTES: The Worldwide #WaveOfAction begins April 4, 2014 and runs through July 4, 2014. During this three-month cycle, people throughout the world will be protesting corruption, rallying around solutions and taking part in alternative systems. The new paradigm will be on full display. As our part in this WAVE, the salon […]
Apr 04, 2014
Podcast 394 – “Shulgin Farm Research Update 2013”
1:09:47
Guest speaker: Paul Daley PROGRAM NOTES: Today’s podcast features the 2013 Palenque Norte Lecture by Dr. Paul Daley in which he talks about Sasha Shulgin, his life and his work. Paul is one of the key people who has stepped in to consolidate and continue the experimental research begun by Dr. Shulgin. In addition to […]
Apr 02, 2014
Podcast 393 – “A Serious Look At Our Planetary Future”
1:29:05
Guest speaker: Daniel Pinchbeck PROGRAM NOTES: “If you step back from it and really think about what the mass media does on a global scale, the most significant thing it does is coordinate behaviour.” -Daniel Pinchbeck Today we feature Daniel Pinchbeck’s 2013 Palenque Norte Lecture. This talk/conversation took place late one night during the Burning […]
Apr 02, 2014
Podcast 392 – “MDMA and Autistic Adults: A New Research Study”
1:36:10
Guest speakers: Alicia Danforth & Charlie Grob PROGRAM NOTES: Today’s podcast features a 2013 Palenque Norte lecture given by Alicia Danforth in which she tells about her work with the autistic community and their use of MDMA. Following that is a recording of a conversation with Alicia and Dr. Charlie Grob, who have just begun […]
Mar 18, 2014
Podcast 391 – “Nothing Lasts”
1:01:52
Guest speaker: Terence McKenna PROGRAM NOTES: [NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.] “I have been underwhelmed by the accomplishments of Indian spirituality, personally; overwhelmed by the accomplishments of Amazonian spirituality.” “I’m also very suspicious of secrets. I mean, if you tell me one it’s finished. I took a pledge long ago to tell all […]
Mar 10, 2014
Podcast 390 – “Monogamy, Marriage, and Neurosis”
1:13:17
Guest speaker: Terence McKenna PROGRAM NOTES: [NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.] “This nuclear family thing is, I think, part of the root of our problem, that it is an engine for the production of neurotic, dysfunctional people.” “If guys really got as much sex as they think they want they would probably hand […]
Mar 03, 2014
Podcast 389 – “Gathering Momentum for a Leap”
1:06:57
Guest speaker: Terence McKenna PROGRAM NOTES: [NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.] “The 20th century is a great gathering for a leap, and the 19th century was the century of the gentleman.” “Whether we can actually make a new world is not clear because the momentum of the past is very great.” “The bigger […]
Mar 01, 2014
Podcast 388 – “Wherever You Are, Be There!”
1:05:29
Guest speaker: Dr. George Greer PROGRAM NOTES: [NOTE: All quotations are by George Greer.] “Meaning: the final addiction!” “Meaning is suffering.” “How do you feel your experience would be different if you ‘understood’ the universe? How would your experience be different from right now?” “My thought about MDMA is that it blocks the fear response […]
Feb 10, 2014
Podcast 387 – “February 1994 Workshop Introduction”
1:19:33
Guest speaker: Terence McKenna PROGRAM NOTES: [NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.] “Psychedelics, by metling assumptions, by destroying the expectations of rigid educations creates a fluidity of possibility that may allow answers to emerge. And it’s the only thing that I’ve seen that operates on a time scale sufficiently short to have an impact.” […]
Jan 31, 2014
Podcast 386 – “Loose Ends Time”
1:27:07
Guest speaker: Terence McKenna PROGRAM NOTES: [NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.] “That’s the key thing that the archaic world knew that we don’t know: How do you live in equilibrium so that your children may live in equilibrium, because otherwise you get a cycle started that’s going to shove somebody over the cliff. […]
Jan 24, 2014
Podcast 385 – “Current Psychedelic Research”
1:00:38
Guest speaker: Roland Griffiths PROGRAM NOTES: Today’s podcast features a talk given by Roland Griffiths, who is a professor in the departments of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science, and Neuroscience at Johns Hopkins Medicine. In addition to describing the current psychedelic studies being undertaken there, he also goes into detail about exactly what characteristics researchers consider […]
Jan 16, 2014
Podcast 384 – “Sex, Aging, and Psychedelics”
1:05:11
Guest speaker: Annie Oak PROGRAM NOTES: Today we feature a Palenque Norte Lecture given by Annie Oak at the 2013 Burning Man Festival. This ground breaking founder of the Woman’s Visionary Congress continues to push the envelope of psychedelic discussion into two of the most important issues of all to humans, sexuality and aging. Additionally, […]
Jan 07, 2014
Podcast 383 – “A Psychedelic Point of View”
1:23:22
Guest speakers: Terence McKenna & Edward Snowden PROGRAM NOTES: [NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.] “Everything flows. Nothing lasts.” “Language is like an informational creature of some sort.” “This problem of language is central, I think, to understanding the psychedelic experience.” “Language is something unfinished in us. It is something that was catalyzed out […]
Dec 28, 2013
Podcast 382 – “The Psychedelic Option”
1:36:50
Guest speaker: Terence McKenna PROGRAM NOTES: [NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.] “And now the task changes. It’s a completely different kind of spiritual universe that you live in after you found the answer, because the task becomes facing the answer. Facing it!” “What we call history is the fall out of a dynamic […]
Dec 16, 2013
Podcast 381 – “A Stiff Dose of Psychedelics”
1:07:52
Guest speaker: Terence McKenna PROGRAM NOTES: [NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.] “[It is] a race between education and disaster. “We’re going to either burst out into a millennium of freedom and caring and decency, or we’re going to toxify the whole thing and turn it into an ash heap. And the responsibility falls […]
Dec 10, 2013
Podcast 380 – “Confessions of an Ecstasy Advocate”
32:18
Guest speaker: Lorenzo Hagerty PROGRAM NOTES: This relatively short podcast features the audio portion of a film by Tom Huckabee and George Wada in conjunction with “The Starck Project”, a documentary soon to be released. The short film consists primarily of an interview with Lorenzo Hagerty dealing with the introduction of MDMA (Ecstasy) to the […]
Nov 28, 2013
Podcast 379 – “Divine Androgyny”
52:53
Guest speaker: Jae Starfox PROGRAM NOTES: This podcast features Jae Starfox’s 2013 Palenque Norte Lecture, which was delivered at the Burning Man Festival. In their talk, Jae provides a candid look into some of the issues that transgender people are faced with as they make their way through a sometimes less than friendly world. As […]
Nov 27, 2013
Podcast 378 – “A Psychedelic Point of View”
1:00:12
Guest speaker: Terence McKenna PROGRAM NOTES: [NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.] “A psychedelic point of view means a point of view which honors consciousness.” “You do not measure the depth of a universal mystery with the neural network of a primate.” “Our role is not to understand but to appreciate.” “It’s ridiculous to […]
Nov 19, 2013
Podcast 377 – “An Ecology of Souls”
1:38:52
Guest speaker: Terence McKenna PROGRAM NOTES: [NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.] “In the matter of deeper things, deductive reasoning rests only on the appeal that hope can lend to its case.” “In the felt domain of experience called ‘living’, intuition is how most of us, even the most self-defined as non-intuitional, are operating.” […]
Nov 16, 2013
Podcast 376 – “Coming Out of the Psychedelic Closet”
1:01:56
We were saddened to learn of the untimely death of Daniel Jabbour on April 13, 2014. Celebrating The Life Of Daniel Jabbour: An Intersection Of Psychedelics, Activism And Technology A transcript of this podcast is being created at https://www.fanscribed.com/transcripts/7-376-jabbor-coming-out-of-the-psychedelic-closet/ — we’ll finish it with a handful of volunteers but the more who can help, the […]
Nov 06, 2013
Podcast 375 – “Story Time with Ken Adams”
1:15:19
Guest speaker: Ken Adams PROGRAM NOTES: Today we get to hear another of the Palenque Norte Lectures that were held at the 2013 Burning Man Festival. This talk features the artist, experimental film maker, micro-publisher, and media developer, Ken Adams, who for many years was a close friend and neighbor of the late Terence McKenna. […]
Oct 29, 2013
Podcast 374 – “Bootstrapping Ourselves”
1:37:40
Guest speaker: Terence McKenna PROGRAM NOTES: [NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.] “Ego is the absolute impediment to Tao.” “We live in a domain of triviality that we have created.” “Do we embody the radiant correctness of what we say we are pursuing.” “I see the psychedelic experience as a birthright, and we can’t […]
Oct 25, 2013
Podcast 373 – “Thoughts About Gnosticism, Art, and Music”
1:34:18
Guest speaker: Terence McKennna PROGRAM NOTES: [NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.] “A single chemist can produce ten million hits [of LSD]. Well this is not some guy getting rich, this is about changing history, when you’re talking about ten million consciousness-expanding experiences.” “One of the ways of modeling the psychedelic experience is to […]
Oct 18, 2013
Podcast 372 – “The Intentionality of Meaning”
1:21:42
Guest speaker: Terence McKenna PROGRAM NOTES: [NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.] “The world is not made of anti-mu mesons, quarks, and photons, and electromagnetic fields. Reality is made of words.” “Language is something that springs from the biological matrix, and the neurological matrix, within us.” “Culture is more and more consciously becoming a […]
Oct 09, 2013
Podcast 371 – “Civil Rights In Cyberspace”
56:19
Guest speaker: John Gilmore PROGRAM NOTES: [NOTE: All quotations are by John Gilmore.] “Marijuana, it turns out, is three-quarters of the illegal drug problem, because it’s three times as popular as all the other drugs put together. So if you can move marijuana out of the black market and into a legal and regulated market […]
Oct 02, 2013
Podcast 370 – “Modeling Human History”
1:31:28
Guest speaker: Terence McKenna PROGRAM NOTES: [NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.] “History is like self-reflection through the medium of language propelling itself into self-recognition.” “Clearly, what is happening, I think, is there is a kind of global emergence of a new mental order.” “The central figure in the archaic revival is the shaman.” […]
Sep 30, 2013
Podcast 369 – “Timothy & Terence”
1:31:26
Guest speakers: Timothy Leary & Terence McKenna PROGRAM NOTES: [NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.] “I know that I wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for Tim Leary. He was the pathfinder. He cut the way through the woods. He gave us all permission to be very much the people that we are tonight.” […]
Sep 17, 2013
Podcast 368 – “Psychedelics and the Feminine”
1:11:31
Guest speaker: Terence McKenna PROGRAM NOTES: [NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.] “The Gaian process is more than a process. It is s self-reflecting entelechy of some sort.” “It is curious that what these psychedelics do, on a scale of a community, is they release new ideas. . . . And that this is […]
Sep 10, 2013
Podcast 367 – “The Evolution of a Psychedelic Thinker”
1:36:45
Guest speaker: Terence McKenna PROGRAM NOTES: [NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.] “This is a very central part of the psychedelic attitude toward the world, to entertain all possibilities but to never commit to belief. Belief always being seen as a kind of trap, because if you belief something you are forever precluded from […]
Sep 03, 2013
Podcast 366 – “Terence McKenna’s Suggested Reading List”
54:08
Guest speaker: Terence McKenna
Aug 26, 2013
Podcast 365 – “Effects of Psychedelics on Society”
1:14:58
Guest speaker: Terence McKenna PROGRAM NOTES: [NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.] “The psychedelic viewpoint is becoming more and more legitimate, but psychedelic drugs are not. That’s the odd paradox of it.” “We are living in a state of constant scientific revolution. There is not a single area that you can name that is […]
Aug 19, 2013
Podcast 364 – “Communicating with the Mushroom”
1:08:46
Guest speaker: Terence McKenna PROGRAM NOTES: [NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.] “That’s the core puzzling experience, when you meet the Other organized as a speaking mind.” “What you call man is time.” [Quoting the mushroom.] “It’s as though a certain level of intoxication with the mushroom is the precondition for being able to […]
Aug 11, 2013
Podcast 363 – “A Venice Beach Salon”
1:06:39
Guest speaker: Myron Stolaroff and Robert Forte PROGRAM NOTES: This is a recording from the spring of 2006, at Kathleen’s Salon in Venice Beach, California, where Robert Forte and Myron Stolaroff came to tell their stories about the recent festivities in Basil, Switzerland celebrating the 100th anniversary of the birth of Dr. Albert Hofmann, the […]
Aug 10, 2013
Podcast 362 – “Flashbacks”
1:36:54
Guest speaker: Timothy Leary PROGRAM NOTES: Today’s podcast features Dr. Timothy Leary reading a few selected chapters from his autobiography, Flashbacks. Interestingly, he begins this recording with Chapter 19, which details with his departure from Harvard. [NOTE: All quotations are by Timothy Leary.] “We agreed that as much as we loved and respected Harvard University, […]
Aug 03, 2013
Podcast 361 – “Catlin’s Salon”
30:34
Guest speaker: Lorenzo RIP: Zoe7 & Dr. Andrew Sewell PROGRAM NOTES: Today’s podcasts is from the audio book edition of my novel, The Genesis Generation. It consists of a reading of Chapter 9, Catlin’s Salon. This is a fictional account of what was once the most fashionable psychedelic salon on the West Coast. Once each […]
Jul 30, 2013
Podcast 360 – “Medicine Oracle & Spellbreaker”
1:31:14
Guest speaker: Shonagh Home PROGRAM NOTES: [NOTE: All quotations are by Shonagh Home.] “Plant medicines have long been the domain of women.” “We are taught to escape in this culture, and so what these [psychedelic] medicines will do is they’ll take you to the heart of the truth of who you are and what needs […]
Jul 22, 2013
Podcast 359 – “The Real Message of Psychedelics”
59:18
Guest speaker: Terence McKenna PROGRAM NOTES: [NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.] “History has been the pursuit of a false god, the god of stability, the god of permanence, the god of the unchanging, and we’ve become just neurotic on this subject.” “What’s being said here is re-claim experience. Do not dwell in the […]
Jul 15, 2013
Podcast 358 – “This Psychedelic Thing”
1:18:28
Guest speaker: Terence McKenna PROGRAM NOTES: [NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.] “I think if we ever tease apart this psychedelic thing, what we’ll discover is it’s an inter-species communication system.” “I’m at war with the keepers of the secrets.” “One of the motivations for my career is to get other people to check […]
Jul 04, 2013
Podcast 357 – “Fungi Questions”
2:10:47
Guest speaker: Terence McKenna PROGRAM NOTES: [NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.] “The culture cannot evolve faster than the language. The language is the flashlight that shows the path.” “The psychedelic universe, whatever it is, is the major datum of experience. It’s larger than this planet. Nobody knows how large it is. The further in you go the […]
Jun 27, 2013
Podcast 356 – “The Psychedelic ‘Religious’ Agenda”
1:25:00
Guest speaker: Terence McKenna PROGRAM NOTES: [NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.] “You discover that truth is philosophical coinage for the naïve. The ‘banks’ of philosophy do not trade federal truth certificates.” “All knowing is incredibly provisional, and this is something which is hidden within the context of the culture, because cultures don’t run […]
Jun 19, 2013
Podcast 355 – “Building a Psychedelic Community”
1:01:23
Guest speakers: Annie Oak, Twilight, and Bruce Damer PROGRAM NOTES: Today’s podcast features a panel discussion with Annie Oak, Twilight, and Bruce Damer that took place at the 2012 Palenque Norte Lectures held at that year’s Burning Man Festival. “Women tend to vote against drug law reforms in greater numbers than men, because they’re worried […]
Jun 13, 2013
Podcast 354 – “Pre-End of the World Special”
1:07:52
Guest speakers: Michael Garfield & Matt Pallamary PROGRAM NOTES: Today we only go back in time a short way, back to December 12, 2012 when Matt Pallmary and Michael Garfield took a break during their work on the stage production of Matt’s novel, “Land Without Evil”, in Austin, Texas. In this wide ranging discussion between […]
Jun 06, 2013
Podcast 353 – “Inflationary Evolution”
1:21:18
Guest speaker: Terence McKenna PROGRAM NOTES: [NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.] “Biology seems to be a chemical strategy for amplifying quantum mechanical indeterminacy so that it leaves the subatomic realm and can be present in a hundred and forty five pound block of meat.” “Chaos is roving through the system and able to […]
May 27, 2013
Podcast 352 – “The Amazing Thing About Psychedelics”
59:39
Guest speaker: Terence McKenna PROGRAM NOTES: [NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.] “I think that this is the most important fact about our situation on this planet, and it’s discovered over and over again over the past hundred thousand years, that there’s somebody else, something else, somewhere else HERE! And anybody that says they […]
May 25, 2013
Podcast 351 – “What Is Truth?”
1:10:54
Guest speaker: Terence McKenna PROGRAM NOTES: [NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.] “Why does mathematics describe nature. That’s a deeper question than most.” “The real justification for psychedelics is that they feed new data into your model.” “If you go to Paris you know more about reality than people who don’t. If you smoke […]
May 14, 2013
Podcast 350 – “Healing Through Sound and Ayahuasca”
59:14
Guest speaker: Hamilton Souther PROGRAM NOTES: [NOTE: All quotations are by Hamilton Souther.] “Even they [the shaman] do not know what ayahuasca is, because you’re never experiencing ayahuasca. You are always experiencing ayahuasca plus you, and that combination is not ayahuasca. That combination is you and ayahuasca. And that means ayahuasca then is undefinable, we […]
May 08, 2013
Podcast 349 – “A Higher Dimensional Sectioning of Reality”
1:35:48
Guest speaker: Terence McKenna PROGRAM NOTES: [NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.] “Just because you have a nut theory it doesn’t mean that you agree with other nut theories. In fact, it often makes you very hostile to them. After all, there’s a limited pool there that we’re all after.” “Because I believe psychedelics […]
Apr 30, 2013
Podcast 348 – “Entheogens and Plant Medicines”
1:04:24
Guest speaker: Dr. Naughtilee PROGRAM NOTES: Today’s program features the 2012 Palenque Norte Lecture that Dr. Naughtilee gave at the Burning Man Festival. Natalie is a Licensed Naturopathic Doctor in private practice in San Francisco. Naturopathic Medicine is a unique, holistic healthcare system that promotes a proactive, preventative approach to health and wellness, blending the […]
Apr 23, 2013
Podcast 347 – “This counts, somehow it matters”
1:09:34
Guest speaker: Terence McKenna PROGRAM NOTES: [NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.] “Our best efforts are nothing more than half-completed stories told around the campfire. We don’t actually know what our predicament is. We are up against a phenomenon which we can barely bring into focus in our cognitive sphere, and it’s the phenomenon […]
Apr 09, 2013
Podcast 346 – “Critical Intelligence”
1:08:15
Guest speaker: Bruce Damer A brief history of Palenque Norte (video) PROGRAM NOTES: Bruce Damer takes the 2012 Palenque Norte audience at the Burning Man Festival on a far flung journey into what he calls his practice of “global multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, multi-technic shamanism” where you “put yourself on the shelf” and dive deeply into the […]
Apr 05, 2013
Podcast 345 – “Transhuman Encounters”
1:29:56
Guest speaker: Terence McKenna PROGRAM NOTES: [NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.] “We now know enough to fantasize realistically about what the alien would be like, and I think that this then sets up polarities in the collective psyche that previously we have only seen at the level of the individual.” “By passing into […]
Mar 21, 2013
Podcast 344 – “A Global Cultural Crisis”
1:23:43
Guest speaker: Terence McKenna PROGRAM NOTES: [NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.] “I’m proposing on one level that hallucinogens be thought of as almost as social pheromones that regulate the rate at which language develops, and therefore regulate human culture generally.” “Where psychedelics comes together with that is that it’s going to require a […]
Mar 13, 2013
Podcast 343 – “Developing a Community Tea House Model”
55:09
Guest speaker: Annie Oak PROGRAM NOTES: Today we hear from civil rights activist and the founder of the Women’s Visionary Congress in her 2012 Palenque Norte Lecture at the Burning Man Festival. Anyone who is feeling that they are “out there at the end of the line” may find great encouragement in what Annie has […]
Mar 04, 2013
Podcast 342 – “Psychedelic Family Business”
1:27:57
Guest speaker: Allyson & Alex Grey PROGRAM NOTES: “If it’s a psychedelic family business, then you’ve got to consider the ‘top line’ [as contrasted with ‘the bottom line’]. What’s the top line? The top line is: You have one unique life, and what do you love to do? What do you want to spend your […]
Feb 20, 2013
Podcast 341 – “Ayahuasca Research Report – 1984”
1:00:45
Guest speaker: Dennis McKenna PROGRAM NOTES: Today’s talk features Dennis McKenna in a June 1984 presentation of his research concerning ayahuasca. This is one of the first, if not the first, public presentation of Dennis’ early work involving this sacred medicine. For most of the last 33 years, ayahuasca has been one of the major […]
Feb 13, 2013
Podcast 340 – “Visions and Biospheres”
59:06
Guest speaker: John Allen and Tango Parrish Snyder PROGRAM NOTES: This podcast features another of the 2012 Palenque Norte Lectures that were held at the Burning Man Festival. The speakers are John Allen and Tango Parrish Snyder, both of whom have been involved in many large-scale Earth Science projects, including Biosphere 2. In his presentation, […]
Feb 06, 2013
Podcast 339 – “A Necessary Chaos”
1:12:47
Guest speaker: Terence McKenna PROGRAM NOTES: [NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.] “This is where I think the psychedelics come in, because they are anticipations of the future. They seem to channel information that is not strictly governed by the laws of normal causality. So that there really is a prophetic dimension, a glimpse […]
Jan 29, 2013
Podcast 338 – “A Tribute to Myron Stolaroff”
1:16:20
Guest speaker: Myron Stolaroff PROGRAM NOTES: This podcast features a few sound bites from several of the previous podcasts featuring Myron Stolaroff, who departed this life on January 6, 2013. Not only was Myron one of the world’s leading psychedelic researchers, earlier in life he was instrumental in helping the Ampex Corporation develop the audio […]
Jan 22, 2013
Podcast 337 – “The World Could Be Anything”
1:40:13
Guest speaker: Terence McKenna PROGRAM NOTES: [NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.] “And yet my, not only my faith, but my experience has led me to believe that the world is not a construction of space and time and matter and energy. That that mapping is insufficient. That the world is instead some kind […]
Dec 29, 2012
Podcast 336 – “2012 Re-visioned”
1:15:28
Guest speaker: Daniel Pinchbeck PROGRAM NOTES: This podcast features my friend Daniel Pinchbeck as our guest speaker. As you know, Daniel wrote a book titled “2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl”, also, he is widely known as a speaker and writer about many things psychedelic and esoteric. However, I know him best as a fellow alumnus […]
Dec 22, 2012
Podcast 335 – “Is There Any Reason to Hope?”
1:02:20
Guest speaker: Terence McKenna PROGRAM NOTES: [NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.] “[The wide variety of psychedelic plants] are the way in which the Earth itself is stepping in to aid in the agenda of cultural transformation. There are too many doorways in nature that lead to heaven, there are too many paths to […]
Dec 14, 2012
Podcast 334 – “The Alchemy of Cacao”
1:24:04
Guest speaker: Brian Wallace PROGRAM NOTES: This podcast features Brian Wallace’s 2012 Palenque Norte Lecture at the Burning Man Festival. Brian, who has been a community organizer for MAPS and other organizations, is also expert on the cacao plant. Originally, Brian titled this talk “The Entheobotany of Cacao”, however, I decided to change the title […]
Dec 04, 2012
Podcast 333 – Producing “The Terence McKenna Experience”
1:05:04
Guest speaker: Ken Adams “I’m almost sixty years old, and I can guaranty you that I’m fucking tired of having to whisper about psychedelics.” – Ken Adams Watch a video of this talk PROGRAM NOTES: Today we feature the fifth Palenque Norte Lecture of 2012, which was given at the Burning Man Festival. This talk […]
Nov 26, 2012
Podcast 332 – “Living in the Exile Nation”
1:09:28
Guest speaker: Charles Shaw Watch a video of this talk PROGRAM NOTES: [NOTE: All quotations are by Charles Shaw.] “Having a felony conviction, and having a drug conviction, essentially makes you a second class citizen.” “For the lower classes, the poorer classes, which generally in this country are people of color, drug laws have always […]
Nov 13, 2012
Podcast 331 – “Understanding theProcess of Consciousness”
1:00:21
Guest speaker: Dr. Brian Hewlett Watch a video of this talk PROGRAM NOTES: This podcast features the third in the series of the 2012 Palenque Norte Lectures at the Burning Man festival. The speaker is Dr. Brian Hewlett and he titled his talk “An Algorithm of Human Consciousness and Implications for Artificial Intelligence”. As you […]
Nov 01, 2012
Podcast 330 – “The Politics of Knowledge in Psychedelic Sciences”
1:02:37
Guest speaker: Dr. Maddy Corbin Watch a video of this talk PROGRAM NOTES: [NOTE: All quotations are by Dr. Maddy Corbin.] “I’ve been a nerd for a long time. That’s how you get a Ph.D.” “At least in my experience of psychedelics, and people who take psychedelics and why they value psychedelics, is because it […]
Oct 22, 2012
Podcast 329 – “Vision Mapping for the Golden Age”
1:26:10
Guest speakers: Amanda Sage and Bruce Damer Watch a video of this talk Watch a video of Bruce Damer’s brief history of the Palenque Norte lecture series PROGRAM NOTES: [NOTE: All quotations are by Amanda Sage.] “Let’s turn the museums into temples. I think the new museums are going to be temples.” “I’m interested in […]
Oct 15, 2012
Podcast 328 – “In Praise of Ayahuasca”
1:34:27
Guest speaker: Graham Hancock PROGRAM NOTES: [NOTE: All quotations are by Graham Hancock.] “There are all kinds of ways to challenge ourselves. Some people do it by climbing a mountain or scuba diving. The most profound and challenging ordeals is to drink Ayahuasca. It is in a way the ultimate adventure.” “I think that ayahuasca […]
Oct 07, 2012